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    Rabaul Japanese War Memorial East New Britain Province PNG
Justin Taylan 2000

Located on a ridge overlooking Rabaul and Simpson Harbor.

This memorial was constructed by the Japanese after the war as a peace memorial, and a monument to those who lost their life in and around Rabaul.

At the center of the memorial is an alter with a hole that allows a single ray of sunlight down onto the dias. The back wall of the memorial is a huge map of the Pacific, with New Britain and Rabaul in the center.

The memorial was controversial when it was built. The massive map is also the map of Japanese conquests during the war. Also, to each side of the memorial are stylized "bunkers" . This was particulary disturbing to the Australian Administration who saw this memorial as a monument that symbolized the Japanese occupation and not peace.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018


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