Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the administration and control of Stanley Camp. It notes that from the beginning of internment the Camp was under the control of the Japanese Foreign Affairs Department, a civilian administration with offices in Hong Kong. Later, on 1 January 1944, it notes that the Camp came under the control of the Japanese military, and its designation was changed from Civilian Internment Camp, Hong Kong, to Military Internment Camp, Hong Kong. It describes how, during the occupation of Hong Kong, many difficulties occurred between the Japanese civilian and military departments. It recounts how Hong Kong was controlled by the military and the two Japanese governors, Lieutenant-Generals Isogai Rensuke (1942–1945) and Tanaka Hisakasu (1945), who were military men. The chapter notes that for the internment camp, the Foreign Affairs Department officials had to get military approval for everything concerning the internees. It describes how the military did what they liked and took what they liked.

Keywords: Stanley Camp; internment; Japanese Foreign Affairs Department; civilian administration; Japanese military; Civilian Internment Camp; Military Internment Camp; Hong Kong; Tanaka Hisakasu

Chapter.  10790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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