The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery Database project was commissioned by the Embassy of Japan in Canberra for three years between April 2016 and March 2019. The work was carried out by the project team and the website became available in 2019.
This bilingual database provides individual information on 524 graves in the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery, located in Cowra, New South Wales. Those buried in the cemetery were Japanese prisoners of war and civilian internees who died in Australia during the Pacific War. They include 25 Taiwanese graves and one Korean grave. They were buried with the Japanese because Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula were under the rule of Japan during the Pacific War. The database includes names, birth places, occupations, military ranks and units. In addition, reasons for internment, dates of capture, places of capture as well as movement histories, causes of death and burial histories, are included.
The project team consisted of the following Nikkei Australia members:
Dr Keiko Tamura
Dr Yuriko Nagata
Ms Mayu Kanamori
Ms Chie Muraoka
Mr Hideaki Kobayashi
To access the database, go to https://www.cowrajapanesecemetery.org/