Mitsuyoshi "Mitsu" Ito's interview was conducted on March 23, 2005 by Mary Ito. Mitsu Ito was born on August 20, 1924 in Mission City, BC. His family owned a farm there where farming berries and vegetables were thriving. After Grade 10, Mitsu went to work at a sawmill in Haney, BC. During WWII, Mitsu was forcibly removed to a sugar beet farm in Alberta. In 1946, unable to return to Mission City, Mitsu and his family were deported to the Shiga Prefecture in Japan. Unable to sustain themselves, Mitsu left for Hiroshima for a work opportunity as a translator in the British Army. In 1950, Mitsu met his wife, Yoshimi and their first child was born in 1951. After 1956, Mitsu returned to Canada by himself and settled in Toronto, ON. Soon after, his wife and son join him. Mitsu is active in the Japanese Canadian community through the Buddhist church and Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Short clip from this interview: https://vimeo.com/421634890
Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Post War Conference: https://vimeo.com/338691845