Uzbek Seeks Better Ties with Japan by Understanding of History
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 26 (Jiji Press)--A man from Uzbekistan is calling for the strengthening of ties between his country and Japan through understanding history, especially that involving Japanese people who were detained by the former Soviet Union after World War II.
More and more Japanese people are visiting tourist spots in the central Asian nation, including those related to the Silk Road, nearly two years after Uzbekistan allowed Japanese visitors to enter the country without a visa.
Many people, however, are unaware that Japanese prisoners of war were taken to Uzbekistan. The country was part of the now-defunct Soviet Union at the time.
Such detainees were involved in building the Navoi Theater, an opera theater in Tashkent, and other structures.
Stories of such people's diligence and of their interactions with local citizens have been passed down from generation to generation.
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