A list of about 350 Japanese-Cubans sent to internment camps by the Cuban government during World War II was found in the Caribbean nation recently, shining a light on a long-forgotten episode in its history.

A copy of the list of Japanese immigrants to Cuba and their descendants, compiled by an immigrant interned in one of the camps, was handed to Japanese journalists affiliated with Kyodo News in October when they visited the country.

"Little is known about the Japanese-Cubans as we are small in number. I'll be glad if the list helps people learn about our history," said Francisco Miyasaka, 78, a second-generation Japanese-Cuban and head of the Japanese-Cuban association in Havana, who found the list and handed it to the journalists.