- Japan has gifted Manipur a museum of peace to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal.It is one of the fiercest battles of the Second World War.
- The Imphal Peace Museum was inaugurated at Red Hill about 20 km southwest of Manipur’s capital Imphal.The museum is funded by the Nippon Foundation.
- Some 70,000 Japanese soldiers alongside those of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army died in battles with the British-led Allied forces in areas around Imphal and Kohima from March to June 1944.
- The last of these battles was fought at Red Hill where the Japanese War Memorial was built in 1994 to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.
- Among the highlights of the museum is a framed calligraphy by Japan’s Prime Minister which reads ‘heiwa’ meaning peace in Japanese.
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