INTRODUCTION Just over 35 years ago, Japanese forces invaded the island-city of Singapore and held it until September 1945.
INTRODUCTION Just over 35 years ago, Japanese forces invaded the island-city of Singapore and held it until September 1945. The Japanese have since returned, but in peaceful roles either as tourists or investors.
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese invaded Singapore on 8 February, and despite stiff resistance, had conquered the city within a week. Their occupation lasted more than three-and-a-half years, until the end of World War Two.
In modern-day Singapore, there's little sign left of the Japanese wartime occupation. One of the few tangible reminders of their presence is this memorial to the civilian victims of the occupation.
But Japanese presence is very much in evidence.... a number of Japanese banks, airlines and industrial companies have offices and plants in Singapore. The Hitachi Chemical Company is one of several employing large numbers of Singapore workers. There are also several electronics companies.
Nearly all of the motor-cycles sold in Singapore are Japanese-made. And there are now Japanese department stores in the city. Many Singapore stores stock Japanese goods such as cameras, radios and pocket calculators, and among their tourist customers are large numbers of Japanese. Each year more than 100,000 Japanese, over 10 per cent of the total, visit the city.
There's even a school for Japanese children whose parents work or do business in Singapore. The building itself is owned by the Japanese Government, and the school employs 36 teachers for its 700 students.