Investigating Tragedy at Sea: The Ukishima-maru Incident and its Legacy

The School of History and European Journal of Korean Studies present a talk by Professor Mark Caprio of Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.

On August 22, 1945, the Ukushima-maru set sail from the northern Japanese port city of Ōminato returning hundreds or thousands of Korean conscripted labourers to Pusan, Korea.

While off the Japanese inland coast near Kyoto, the ship entered Maizuru Harbor, where it exploded, sending thousands of Koreans (and 25) Japanese to their watery grave.

We welcome Mark E Caprio, professor of History at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. He is the author of The Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009), and an authority on conscription of Korean labourers in Japan and postwar transnational history of East Asia.


Lecture Theatre G23
28 University Road
(formerly Geography East)

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