Michael G. Malaghan
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Haru’s concern for Yoshio was misplaced. Miserable as he was, her second son would never see a battlefield. He wore the emperor’s uniform at a Mitsubishi coal mine in Manchukuo, far from the frontline battles, where he was supposedly protecting Chinese miners from Mao’s Red guerillas. In reality, however, Yoshio was a prison guard who was responsible for preventing conscripted Chinese coal miners from escaping their slave-like working conditions.“Hey, you Yank,” bellowed his sake-besotted sergeant.