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kenmorrison



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only just found out that back in May the Shields Gazette printed 3 articles about Nisaburo Murai and the Japanese community in Tyneside.
www.shieldsgazette.com/cookson/A-seafarer-buried-so-far.5239410.jp

It has not moved Murai's story on, (apart from that his residence may have been in North Shields rather than South Shields) but there is some interesting background about the links between Tyneside and Japan - and it gives a plug for the Project.

Ken
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JMB



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a paper about him in Argyll Archives, a Japanese student did some research about him some years back. I have a copy somewhere filed away.

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kenmorrison



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:

I'd still like to know when he moved from being a civilian merchant seaman to being a member of the Japanese Forces.

Adam


I managed to get extracts from the file held at the National Archives (see previous post)
Primarily it relates to two ship's officers, K. Shimazaki and K. Takaira who had requested to be transferred to Knapdale POW camp to rejoin their countrymen who had been transferred there in March 1942.
This seems to have happened because they were not classified as "Seamen" and did not appear on the nominal role drawn up by the Home Office. Nisaburo Murai b.2/4/90 from Ishikawa-Ken is on the role.
A Home Office memo of 21 March 1942 states "The War Office inform me that they are now able to take over from the Home Office the Japanese seaman in the Isle of Man. These men are to be transferred to Knapdale......"
The Manchester Guardian of 31 March 1942 reported "INTERNED JAPANESE MOVED
Sixty Japanese, mostly men of middle age, left the internment camp in the Isle of Man on Monday and arrived in Fleetwood.................and it was understood that they are being sent to a Scottish internment camp."
The following month a sub committee of the Directorate of Prisoners of War approved a Definition of Enemy Merchant Seaman and I would guess that from then on seamen were considered part of enemy forces.



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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken

That's a great update. Nice to know their move was at their request.

Thanks

Adam
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