Mitsubishi Hanawa Camp

Mitsubishi did make use of slave labor. Evidence is that the companies like Mitsubishi asked the Japanese army for the use of slave labor. Sendai Number 3, known as Hanawa, was one of the copper mining camps owned by Mitsubishi Mining. It has been covered extensively here to give an idea about the life at a Mitsubishi camp during WWII. There were at least 3 other camps apparently exclusively for Mitsubishi's use. A brief detail on some of them Mitsubishi POW slave labor camps is here. .


POW Claim Against Mitsubishi

Essentially what POWs are claiming is that the companies like Mitsubishi, who made them work on war-related activites (against the war conventions), didn't pay them for their labor.

The Japanese government required the companies like Mitsubishi to pay the POWs wages. MItsubishi and others made monthly reports to the government as if they were paying the POW slave labors.

But they were not paid.... The government also expected Mitsubishi and others to provide housing, food, sanitation, heat, but the POWs were very almost starved, without much medical attention, and extremely poorly housed.

All the POW slave labors are asking monetarily is their back wages with interest. Is this too much to ask for?

Mitsubishi and Slave Labor

Recently Mitsubishi rejected a Chinese slave labor lawsuit demand by saying it bore no responsibility since it was national policy to employ Chinese laborers. Will be analyzing it later, but what about the American POWs, many of who had to work for Mitsubishi companies under unhumane condition? According to Linda Goetz Holmes in an interview: "What struck me when I was doing the research was that the companies immediately asked for the use of the prisoners. It wasn't something the Japanese army decided to do with all these men they'd taken. It was the companies that asked ..."

By Country

Mitsubishi as Defendent

List of Japanese companies involved in 25 slave labor lawsuits filed in the USA as of 05/12/2000 (source AXPOW):

California Portland Cement Co.
Chichibu Onoda Cement Corp.
Irvine Scientific Sales Co. Inc.
Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd.
Ishikawajimi Harima Industries Co. Ltd.
Ishihara Corp. USA
ISK Americas, Inc.
Japan Energy Corp.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.
Lone Star Northwest Inc.
Mitsui & Co.
Mitsubishi Corp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Americas Inc.
Mitsubishi International Corp.
Mitsubishi Materials USA Corp.
Mitsui Bussan Kaisha
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Mitsui International Corp.
Mitsui Mining USA Ltd.
Nippon Sharyo USA Ltd.
Nippon Steel Trading Co. Ltd.
Nippon Steel USA Inc.
Onoda California Inc.
Onoda Cement Co. Ltd.
Onoda USA, Inc.
Paceco Corp.
Scientific Sales Co. Inc.
Showa Denko
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd.
Taiheiyo Cement Corp.
Taiheiyo Cement USA Inc.

Articles on Slave Labor

Former Chinese Slave Labor File Lawsuit in Japan Against Mitsubishi ...
19 Chinese plaintiffs, who were forcibly taken to Japan from China to work in a mine in Fukuoka, sue Mitsubishi and others in Japanese court. (February 2003)

Six Koreans sue Mitsubishi of Japan over forced labor during World War II
A "gathering of Mitsubishi draftees suffering from atomic bomb-related illnesses" sues Mitsubishi for exposing them to life-threatening conditions while Japanese workers were provided with shelter and emergency rations after the atomic atoms were dropped. (May 2000)

Lawyers Target Japanese Abuses: WWII Compensation Effort Shifts From Europe to Asia
Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, writes about renewed focus in the US on Japan's wartime record such as forcible recruitment of Korean "comfort women" as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers and gruesome medical experiments on foreign nationals. (March 2000)