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Japanese WWI POW camp stood out for civility toward prisoners

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28.03.2020

The city of Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture is famous for its "uzushio" tidal whirpools that form in the Naruto Strait in the Seto Inland Sea.

But for tourists from Germany, another popular place to visit is the former site of the Bando POW camp, where about 1,000 German soldiers captured during World War I were held.

Next week, it will be exactly 100 years to the day since the camp's closure in 1920.

"This facility's fame in Germany owed to its director, Toyohisa Matsue," said Kiyoharu Mori, 53, director of the city's Doitsu-kan (German House) museum that stands near the former camp site.

An officer of the Imperial Japanese Army, Matsue (1872-1956) ensured that the prisoners were treated well, reminding his subordinates that these Germans were all........

© The Asahi Shimbun