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[edit]

Camps in Malaya and Singapore[edit]

Camps in Formosa (Taiwan)[edit]

Camps in North Borneo[edit]

Camps in Sarawak[edit]

Camps in China[edit]

Haiphong Road

Camps in Manchuria[edit]

Camps in Dutch East Indies[edit]

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

Camps in Thailand and Burma[edit]

Camps in New Guinea[edit]

  • 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.[6]Zedric, Lance Q. Silent Warriors: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines (Pathfinder 1995).

Camps in Portuguese Timor[edit]

Camps in Korea[edit]

Camps in Hong Kong[edit]

Camps in Japan[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Grogol". Japanse Burgerkampen (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Camp Kareës". Mijnverhaal-over-nedindie. 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Civilian camps". Indische Kamp Archieven. East Indies Camp Archives. 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  6. ^ Zedric, Lance Q. Silent No More: The Alamo Scouts in Their Own Words (War Room Press 2013).
  7. ^ Antiquities Advisory Board. List of Internment Camps in Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation (1941 – 1945)
  8. ^ "POW Research". Hong Kong War Diary. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ url=

External links[edit]

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: