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Heroes Cemetery, Kalibata (Indonesian Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata,[1] abbreviation TMP Kalibata), in Kalibata, South Jakarta is a military cemetery in Indonesia. More than 7,000 people who are military casualties and veterans from Indonesian War of Independence are buried there. This includes many Japanese veterans of the Imperial Japanese Army who stayed in the Dutch colony after World War II of their own free will and fought for the Indonesian independence who are also buried there.[2]

The cemetery is easily visited. The site is well set-out and neatly maintained. It is open to the public; entry is free; the cemetery is open from 6.00am-6.00pm every day.

The Japanese dead[]

There were up to 3,000 Japanese volunteers who fought against the Dutch. Of these approximately 1,000 died, 1,000 returned to Japan after Indonesia's independence, and 1,000 remained and were naturalized in Indonesia.[3] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited on January 13, 2002,[4] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited on August 21, 2007.[5] and Japanese Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino visited on January 19, 2008.[2]

Notable people buried in the cemetery[]


  • Adam Malik
  • Ali Sastroamijoyo (8th Indonesia Prime Minister)
  • Djuanda Kartawijaya (11th Indonesia Prime Minister)
  • Ernest Douwes Dekker (grandniece of Eduard Douwes Dekker)
  • H. Agus Salim (the first, excluding 12 moved corpses from other places)
  • Halim Perdanakusuma
  • Hasri Ainun Habibie (First Lady of Indonesia 1998-1999)
  • Widjojo Nitisastro

  • Pangeran Diponegoro
  • Soetan Sjahrir (first Indonesia Prime Minister)
  • Tan Malaka (one of the most radical and anti-Western of the opposition in Indonesia)
  • W. R. Supratman (Indonesia National Song composer)
  • Ali Alatas
  • H.R. Rasuna Said
  • Taufiq Kiemas (First Gentleman of Indonesia 2001-2004 and 12th Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly)


  • Noboru Otobe (乙戸昇, Imperial Japanese Army second lieutenant).[6]


  • Kiyoyuki Hatakeyama, Masayasu Hosaka (2004), Rikugun Nakano Gakko Shusen Hishi, Shinchosha ISBN 4-10-115522-4
  1. Kevin Tan Marshall of Singapore: a biography Page 514 - 2008 "... when Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited Indonesia and scattered flower petals on the graves of the two executed marines who had been buried in the Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata (Kalibata Heroes Cemetery) in Jakarta.1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "秋篠宮ご夫妻、英雄墓地に献花 ジャカルタ". Sankei Shimbun. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2009-09-26. [dead link]
  3. Hatakeyama (2004), p675-676
  4. "カリバタ英雄墓地に献花 ". じゃかるた新聞. 2002-01-14. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  5. "インドネシア・インド・マレーシア訪問(インドネシア共和国)". Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  6. "己の信ずるままに、おもねらず、なびかず". 上坂冬子. 正論. 2009-7 . Retrieved 2009-09-26. 

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Coordinates: 6°15′26″S 106°50′47″E / 6.25722°S 106.84639°E / -6.25722; 106.84639

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