Remembering Japan’s wartime occupation of Singapore

On the afternoon of February 15, 1942, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival and members of his senior staff made their way under the Union Jack and a flag of truce from his headquarters at Singapore's Fort Canning to the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army at the Ford Factory on Bukit Timah hill.  There, following a brief … Continue reading Remembering Japan’s wartime occupation of Singapore

Putting a different face on Japan’s historical forays into colonialism

In the late 19th century, Japan, which had isolated itself from the outside world for two and a half centuries, was confronted with the need to rapidly modernize, and even Westernize, to ensure its survival.  As it did so, it was awakened to the value of  increased trade with its neighbors and territorial expansion to … Continue reading Putting a different face on Japan’s historical forays into colonialism