The forty-two names listed at the beginning of mydiary—starting with Ryokichi Hashimoto and ending with Yaoichi Ichiki ——are the names of my fellow fishermen and myfellow countrymen with whom I Journeyed North to a barren and God-forsaken area of ice and snow near the Canadian border. Here——in the isolated backcountry of North Dakota, we were forcibly incarcerated. Our lengthy confinement within an encirclement of armed guards was for political reasons that were far beyond the control of the men of the fishing fleet in Fish Harbor---
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