Experiences in a Japanese Internment Camp
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 25 Feb 1943, p. 367-382
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Experiences in a Japanese Internment Camp


Life in Tokyo preceding the momentous events of December, 1941. The arrests of Allied nationals still left in Tokyo and other parts of Japan on the 8th of December, 1941. The speaker's ship turning back to Japan and his arrest. A description of the speaker's position today in contrast to one year ago as a political prisoner in a Japanese internment camp. A detailed description of the speaker's daily life. Learning of hunger. The issue of morale. The lack of heat and hygiene. Outings. Organizing the camp and making the best of a bad business. Establishing outside contacts. Learning to cook to supplement the miserable fare provided. Organized exercises and games. Fellow internees. Rumours of freedom. Removals from the camp to prison. Cruel questioning. Some remarks on the Japanese as our enemy. The Japanese Prime Minister, Tojo, as no less potent a force for evil than his two more notorious colleagues. The truth of stories told of the brutality and fanaticism of the average Japanese soldier. The vastness of the present Pacific conflict. Two suggested lines of thought from the speaker: Do not emphasize one Axis group at the expense of the other; a strong appeal for a maximum war effort so that the liberation of those millions to whom freedom of thought and movement is still denied, may be hastened as quickly as possible. Looking forward to the time when we, who represent freedom retained, may work harmoniously with those other nations now unhappily enslaved by Axis tyranny, who will represent freedom regained, to encourage the growth of a better understanding between the nations of this world.