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List of Japanese-run internment camps during World War II

This is an incomplete list of Japanese-run military prisoner-of-war and civilian internment and concentration camps during World War II. Some of these camps were for prisoners of war (POW) only. Some also held a mixture of POWs and civilian internees, while others held solely civilian internees.

A map (front) of Imperial Japanese-run prisoner-of-war camps within the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere known during World War II from 1941 to 1945.
Back of map of Imperial Japanese-run prisoner-of-war camps with a list of the camps categorized geographically and an additional detailed map of camps located on the Japanese archipelago.

Published by the Medical Research Committee of American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc., 1980.

Camps in the Philippines

Camps in Malaya and Singapore

  • Changi Prison
  • Salarang Barracks
  • River Valley Camp
  • Blakang Mati
  • Anderson School, Ipoh, Perak State, Malaya
  • Outram Road Prison
  • Sime Road

Camps in Formosa (Taiwan)

Camps in North Borneo

Camps in Sarawak

Camps in China

Haiphong Road

Camps in Manchuria

Camps in Dutch East Indies

Japanese Internment Camps in Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia):[2]

Camps in Thailand and Burma

Camps in New Guinea

  • Rabaul
  • Oransbari - Civilian internment camp. Alamo Scouts liberated a family of 14 Dutch-Indos, a family of 12 French, and 40 Javanese on 5 Oct 1944.[5]Zedric, Lance Q. Silent Warriors: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines (Pathfinder 1995).

Camps in Korea

Camps in Hong Kong

Camps in Japan

See also


  1. ^ "World War II POWs remember efforts to strike against captors". The Times-Picayune. Associated Press. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ []
  3. ^ "Camp Kareës". Mijnverhaal-over-nedindie. 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Civilian camps". Indische Kamp Archieven. East Indies Camp Archives. 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ Zedric, Lance Q. Silent No More: The Alamo Scouts in Their Own Words (War Room Press 2013).
  6. ^ "POW Research". Hong Kong War Diary. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  7. ^ Breu, Mary (2009). Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POW. Portland: Graphic Arts Books. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-88240-852-1.
  8. ^ url=[]

External links

A comprehensive English-language site in Japan with exact opening/closure resp. renaming/reclassification dates of the various camps based on Japanese official sources which should be imported into the current listing: