The novel exploits all of the fallacies of Japanese treatment, which nearly led to the conviction of an innocent man. The man in the novel was nearly convicted for the sole reason that he was Japanese, and because he was of Japanese lineage he never had a chance for a fair trial. During World War II there was a great deal of racial tension between white Americans and Japanese. During this time there were many Japanese families that had migrated to the West Coast of the United States. Before the war there was slight tension towards Japanese people, but during and after the war the tension greatly increased.
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The Japanese mistreated Australian POWs during WW2. Australian POWs went through horrifying conditions when they were locked up in concentration camps. They were supplied with poor food rations and the mortality rates were shocking. POWs were used for many purposes when they were captured from the war. The Japanese used POWs for many circumstances that were beyond the situation.