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Japanese Jail Historic and Archeological District, Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands

[photo] Maxie Theater

The jail complex (gokusha) illustrates the significant early twentieth century efforts of the Japanese government to establish oversight and administrative control on the island of Saipan. Like the former hospital complex to the north, the jail is one of the few local, non-military remnants of the Japanese occupation of the islands prior to World War II. The extant features reflect the distinctive characteristics of Japanese design and construction technology (as applied to a tropical climate) during the Japanese Colonial period, and are among the few such local resources to survive the immediate war-time activities and the subsequent post-battle clearance efforts in Garapan.

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