|External territory, later prefecture, of the Empire of Japan|
|Green: Karafuto Prefecture within Japan in 1942|
Light green: Other constituents of Imperial Japan
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|•||Upgraded to "inner land"||1943|
|•||Soviet invasion||11–25 August 1945|
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Karafuto Prefecture, commonly called South Sakhalin , was the name of the Japanese territory on southern Sakhalin island from 1905 to 1945.
Sakhalin is Russia's largest island, lying in the North Pacific Ocean between 45°50' and 54°24' N. It is administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. Sakhalin, which is about one third the size of Honshu, is just off the east coast of Russia, and just north of Japan. The island's population was 497,973 as of the 2010 census, made up of mostly ethnic Russians and a smaller Korean community. The indigenous peoples of the island are the Ainu, Oroks and Nivkhs.
Through the Treaty of Portsmouth, the portion of the island south of 50°N became a colony of Japan in 1905. In 1907 the prefecture of Karafuto was established, with its capital at Ōtomari (now Korsakov) in 1905 and later Toyohara (now Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) in 1907. In 1945, with the defeat of Japan in World War II, Karafuto was occupied by Soviet troops and its Japanese administration ceased to function. Karafuto Prefecture was formally abolished as a legal entity on June 1, 1949. Since 1951, the southern part of Sakhalin has been a part of Sakhalin Oblast in Russia.
The Treaty of Portsmouth formally ended the 1904–05 Russo-Japanese War. It was signed on September 5, 1905 after negotiations lasting from August 6 to August 30, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in the negotiations and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
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Japan invaded Sakhalin in the final stages of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, but per the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth was allowed to retain only the southern portion of the island below the 50° N parallel. Russia retained the northern portion, although the Japanese were awarded favorable commercial rights, including fishing and mineral extraction rights in the north. In 1907, Karafuto Prefecture was officially established, with the capital at Ōtomari. In 1908, the capital was relocated to Toyohara.
In 1920, Karafuto was officially designated an external territory of Japan, and its administration and development came under the aegis of the Ministry of Colonial Affairs. Following the Nikolaevsk Incident in 1920, Japan briefly seized the northern half of Sakhalin, and occupied it until the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union in 1925; however, Japan continued to maintain petroleum and coal concessions in northern Sakhalin until 1944. In 1943, the status of Karafuto was upgraded to that of an "inner land", making it an integral part of the Empire of Japan.
As Japan was extending its influence over East Asia and the Pacific through the establishment of a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Imperial Japanese Army as part of its offensive contingency plans to invade the Soviet Union if it either became involved in the Pacific War or collapsed due to the ongoing German invasion, proposed the annexation of the remaining northern half of Sakhalin to Japan.
In August 1945, after repudiating the Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact, the Soviet Union invaded Karafuto. The Soviet attack started on August 11, 1945, three weeks before the surrender of Japan. The Soviet 56th Rifle Corps, part of the 16th Army, consisting of the 79th Rifle Division, the 2nd Rifle Brigade, the 5th Rifle Brigade and the 214 Armored Brigade,attacked the Japanese 88th Infantry Division. Although the Soviet Red Army outnumbered the Japanese by three to one, they advanced only slowly due to strong Japanese resistance. It was not until the 113th Rifle Brigade and the 365th Independent Naval Infantry Rifle Battalion from Sovetskaya Gavan landed on Tōro, a seashore village of western Karafuto on August 16 that the Soviets broke the Japanese defense line. Japanese resistance grew weaker after this landing. Actual fighting continued until August 21. Between August 22 and August 23, most remaining Japanese units agreed to a ceasefire. The Soviets completed the conquest of Karafuto on August 25, 1945, by occupying the capital of Toyohara.
There were over 400,000 people living in Karafuto when the Soviet offensive began in early August 1945.[ citation needed ] Most were of Japanese or Korean extraction, though there was also a small White Russian community as well as some Ainu indigenous tribes. By the time of the ceasefire approximately 100,000 civilians had managed to escape to Hokkaidō.[ citation needed ] The military government established by the Soviet Army banned the local press, confiscated cars and radio sets and imposed a curfew.[ citation needed ] Local managers and bureaucrats were made to aid Russian authorities in the process of reconstruction, before being deported to labor camps, either on North Sakhalin or in Siberia.[ citation needed ] In schools, courses in Marxism–Leninism were introduced, and Japanese children were obliged to sing songs in praise of Stalin.[ citation needed ]
Step by step Karafuto lost its Japanese identity.[ citation needed ] Sakhalin Oblast was created in February 1946, and by March all towns, villages and streets were renamed with Russian names.[ citation needed ] More and more colonists began to arrive from mainland Russia, with whom the Japanese were obliged to share the limited stock of housing.[ citation needed ] In October 1946 the Soviets began to repatriate all remaining Japanese.[ citation needed ] By 1950 most had been sent, willing or not, to Hokkaidō, though they had to leave all of their possessions behind, including any currency they had, Russian or Japanese.[ citation needed ] Today some keep alive the memory of their former home in the meetings of the Karafuto Renmei, an association for former Karafuto residents.[ citation needed ]
In 1945, with the defeat of Japan in World War II, the Japanese administration in Karafuto ceased to function.[ citation needed ] The Japanese government formally abolished Karafuto Prefecture as a legal entity on June 1, 1949.[ citation needed ] In 1951, at the Treaty of San Francisco, Japan was coerced and renounced its rights to Sakhalin, but did not formally acknowledge Soviet sovereignty over it. Since that time, no final peace treaty has been signed between Japan and Russia, and the status of the neighboring Kuril Islands remains disputed.
(For subsequent history, see Sakhalin Oblast.)
The pre-war economy of Karafuto was based on fishing, forestry and agriculture, together with extraction of coal and petroleum. In terms of industry, the paper industry and the charcoal production industry was well developed. Karafuto suffered from a labor shortage through most of its history, and tax incentives were provided to encourage immigration.During World War II, a large number of Koreans were also forcibly relocated to Karafuto.
An extensive railway network was constructed in Karafuto to support the extraction of natural resources. The Karafuto Railway Bureau(樺太鉄道局Karafuto Tetsudōkyoku) maintained 682.6 kilometers of track in four main lines and an additional 58.2 kilometers of track.
Karafuto was administered from the central government in Tokyo as the Karafuto Agency(樺太庁Karafuto-chō) under the Colonization Bureau(拓務局Takumukyoku) of the Home Ministry. The Colonization Bureau became the Ministry of Colonial Affairs (拓務省Takumushō) in 1923 at which time Karafuto was officially designated an overseas territory of the Empire of Japan.
When the Ministry of Colonial Affairs was absorbed into the new Ministry of Greater East Asia in 1942, the administration of Karafuto was separated, and Karafuto became an integral part of the Japanese archipelago.
|Kiichirō Kumagai||July 28, 1905||March 31, 1907|
|Kusunose Yukihiko||April 1, 1907||April 24, 1908|
|Takejirō Tokonami||April 24, 1908||June 12, 1908|
|Sadatarō Hiraoka||June 12, 1908||June 5, 1914|
|Bunji Okada||June 5, 1914||October 9, 1916|
|Akira Masaya||October 13, 1916||April 17, 1919|
|Kinjirō Nagai||April 17, 1919||June 11, 1924|
|Akira Masaya (second term)||June 11, 1924||August 5, 1926|
|Katsuzō Toyota||August 5, 1926||July 27, 1927|
|Kōji Kita||July 27, 1927||July 9, 1929|
|Shinobu Agata||July 9, 1929||December 17, 1931|
|Masao Kishimoto||December 17, 1931||July 5, 1932|
|Takeshi Imamura||July 5, 1932||May 7, 1938|
|Munei Toshikazu||May 7, 1938||April 9, 1940|
|Masayoshi Ogawa||April 9, 1940||July 1, 1943|
|Toshio Ōtsu||July 1, 1943||November 11, 1947|
As of 1945, Karafuto was divided into four subprefectures, which in turn were subdivided into 11 districts, in turn divided into 41 municipalities (one city, 13 towns, and 27 villages)
Karafuto's largest city was Toyohara. Other major cities included Esutoru in the north central and Maoka in the south central region.
The list below are the towns and the city of the prefecture. These in italics are the corresponding current Russian names.
Esutoru Subprefecture (恵須取支庁)
Maoka Subprefecture (真岡支庁)
Shikuka Subprefecture (敷香支庁)
Toyohara Subprefecture (豊原支庁)
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