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Navoi Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2019. Photo by Filip Noubel.

Opened in 1947, the 1,400-seat, Soviet Orientalist-style Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan was built in part with the help of Japanese soldiers.

Plaque on side of Navoi Theater that praises Japanese citizens who were forced to work. Photo by Filip Noubel.
Repatriated Japanese soldiers returning from Siberia wait to disembark from a ship at Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, in 1946. From Wikimedia, Public Domain.
Reconstruction of the pier at the site of the former pier at Maizuru Repatriates Relief Bureau in Taira, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, where returnees were repatriated. Remains of berthing posts can be seen out in the bay. Photo by Nevin Thompson.
Poster advertising exhibit about Japanese detention in Uzbekistan. Photo by Nevin Thompson.



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