Sherzod Muminov, a postdoctoral research associate in the ERC-funded project, The Dissolution of the Japanese Empire and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Postwar East Asia, at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, has been awarded the 2016 inaugural Murayama Tsuneo Prize for the Promotion of Research into the Siberian Internment. The Centre for Supporting the Siberian Internees and Recording their Experiences, an NGO that administers the prize, announced the decision of the selection committee on 19th April, 2016.
A committee consisting of leading Japanese historians of the internment, journalists from the major national newspapers, as well as former Siberian internees, acknowledged Muminov’s contribution to international research on the Siberian Internment. Muminov, who recently completed his PhD at Cambridge, has also spent fourteen months as a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellow (2013-2014) at Hosei University in Tokyo. His PhD dissertation, titled "Eleven Winters of Discontent: The Siberian Internment and the Making of the New Japan, 1945-1956,” studies the captivity of the Japanese in the USSR based on a wide range of multilingual sources, including memoirs in Japanese and Soviet archival documents. The award ceremony will be held in Tokyo’s Seiryo Kaikan Hall on 11th May, the second anniversary of Murayama Tsuneo’s death.
The Murayama Tsuneo Prize for the Promotion of Research into the Siberian Internment was established in 2015 to honour the work and achievements of the late Murayama Tsuneo, a former Japanese POW in the Soviet Union who spent years documenting the internment of Japanese former soldiers in the Siberian camps. Murayama, who passed away at the age of 88 in 2014, was well-known among the community and families of Japanese returnees from Siberia for compiling the name lists of 46,300 Japanese citizens who lost their lives during the Siberian captivity.