Singapore Chronicles - Japanese Occupation◎Leon Comber

Singapore Chronicles - Japanese Occupation◎Leon Comber

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Singapore Chronicles is a series launched in conjunction with the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore, by providing analysis as well as historical accounts on a variety of uniquely Singaporean topics.

This is a short account of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, which lasted for from February 1942 to August 1945. Those tumultuous days are largely forgotten nowadays, especially by the younger generation, but they were a time of living dangerously. Life and death were often not more than a hair’s breadth apart, and Singaporeans had to fight for their very survival and existence. If any good came from those years, it was that Japan’s defeat of British colonial rule led to the realisation that Singaporeans could stand on their own feet, which led to the eventual establishment of the Republic of Singapore.