Report on a Russian-Japanese Workshop “Internment
of Japanese in Mongolia and Siberia in Postwar Period”
This paper discusses the fruitful results of Russian-Japanese workshop, which was held on September 29, 2018 at Irkutsk State University (ISU). Researchers from several major Japanese universities and historians of ISU met up to exchange opinions on the problem of common historical past – internment of Japanese in Mongolia and Siberia in postwar period. During the workshop two lectures were held: “Shikoku Goro’s Detention in Siberian Labor Camps: Tracing the history of his Artistic Representation and Cultural Movement” by Professor Takayuki Kawaguchi and “Japanese internments in Mongolia (1945–1947)” by Professor Sergey Kuznetsov. They both touched upon various aspects of Japanese internees’ lives in Labor Camps, including harsh conditions of life, Soviet propaganda, relations between locals and prisoners and artistic works of former internees. While answering the questions from the audience they discussed artistic representation of Japanese anti-war movement and the lack of imaginative literature on the topic in Russia. Professor Kuznetsov pointed out that Russian research segment on Japanese internees has more than 600 scientific works and there are more than 2000 memoirs of former internees in Japan, with combined efforts from both sides it will be possible to shed light on yet unknown details of the discussed topic.
Kuznetsov Sergey Ilyich, Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor, Head, Department of World History and International Relations, Irkutsk State University, 1, K. Marx st., Irkutsk, 664003, tel.: 8(3952)24-38-75, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuklina Aleksandra Sergeevna, Lecturer, Department of World History and International Relations, Irkutsk State University, 1, K. Marx st., Irkutsk, 664003, Russian Federation, tel.: 8(3952)24-19-74, e-mail: email@example.com
Tsuboi Hideto, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), 3-2 cho, Goryo Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192, Japan, tel.: +81-75-335-2118, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Takayuki Kawaguchi, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education Hiroshima University, 1-1-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, 739-8524, Japan, tel.: +81-82-424-7051, e-mail: email@example.com
Kuznetsov S.I., Kuklina A.S., Hideto Ts., Takayuki K. Report on a Russian-Japanese Workshop «Internment of Japanese in Mongolia and Siberia in Postwar Period». The Bulletin of Irkutsk State University. Series History, 2018, vol. 26, pp. 137-142. https://doi.org/10.26516/2222-9124.2018.26.137
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