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Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates
Those who left their families and went to fight for their country, risking their lives to fulfil their duties and enduring great hardship.
Detainees in Siberia
People who endured brutal forced labor on inadequate food rations and under appalling living conditions in Siberia and other arctic areas of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, even after the war.
Those who had been living in overseas were dispossessed after Japan's defeat in World WarⅡ. They endured terrible condition and physical danger in making their way back to their homeland.
These displays are designed to help ensure that the memory of the suffering of Japan's World WarII soldiers, detainees in Siberia, and postwar repatriates is passed down to future generations who have never experienced war. They include historical materials, graphics, videos, and dioramas.
Uniforms, diaries, letters and other materials convey a sense of life in the military.
(known as a "red paper")
Army Communications Corps Telegraph Key
Waistcoat with prayer for protection against bullets
Detainees in Siberia Zone
A diorama reproduces life in a Russian concentration camp, where the inmates survived forced labor, terrible cold, and a near-starvation diet. There are also pictures and hand-carved wooden cutlery.
Sleeveless padded Overcoat
(the sleeves were exchanged for bread)
Prisoner-of-War Post Cards
Hand-made White Birch Eating Utensils
Postwar Repatriates Zone
A diorama reproduces the interior of a ship that carried postwar repatriates to Japan, a certificate of repatriation, and rare photos and other images of repatriated children.
Child's Dress made from the diapers of a baby who had died
Diary of Confinement
Certificate of Repatriation
09:30 to 17:30 (admission until 17:00)
The museum closed:
●When Shinjuku Sumitomo Building is closed
●From December 28 to January 4
●During exhibit changeovers and at some other times
48th floor, Shinjuku Sumitomo Building
2-6-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0248
●1-minute walk from Tochomae Station (Exit A6)(Toei Oedo Line)
●5-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
●10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (JR, Odakyu and Keio Lines)
Tel.03-5323-8709 (Domestic Calls)
+81-(3)-5323-8709 (International Calls)