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Exhibition, symposium focus on Japan's Sugamo Prison, April 6-June 4

An exhibition and symposium sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and the East Asian Library will focus on Sugamo Prison, where accused Japanese war criminals were held from 1945 to 1952.

The exhibition, "Encounters: Sugamo Prison, 1945-52," will run from Sunday, April 6, through Wednesday, June 4, at the East Asian Library, 317 Frist Campus Center . A two-day symposium, "Encounters at Sugamo," will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, in 302 Frist.

The exhibition features rare drawings, poems, photographs, craft objects and documents that present, from multiple perspectives, an intimate view of the contact between Japanese and American cultures in occupied Japan. Accompanying documentary videos will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in 302 Frist.

Speakers at the symposium will include a former prisoner and former American guard from Sugamo, as well as scholars from the United States, Canada, Korea and elsewhere in East Asia. The discussions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 9 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 10.

A companion exhibition will be on view at St. Joseph's Seminary in Plainsboro, N.J., from April 6 through June 6. The exhibition traces the history of two men whose fates became entwined at Sugamo Prison on the night of April 5, 1948, when Capt. John A. Ryan, the Catholic chaplain of Sugamo, was murdered outside the main prison gate. Three months later, Pfc. William Manis, a 19-year-old guard, was charged with the crime. For more information on the exhibit at St. Joseph's Seminary, call (609) 716-4235.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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