List of Japanese-run internment camps during World War II

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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

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): [3]

Camps in Thailand and Burma

Camps in New Guinea

Camps in Portuguese Timor

Camps in Korea

Camps in Hong Kong

Camps in Japan

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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: