1st Edition

Japan and Singapore in the World Economy Japan's Economic Advance into Singapore 1870-1965

By Hitoshi Hirakawa, Hiroshi Shimizu Copyright 1999

    This pioneering work examines Japan's economic activities in Singapore from 1870 to 1965. Drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished sources, the authors shed new light on issues such as:
    * prostitution
    * foreign trade by Kobe's overseas Chinese
    * fishermen in the inter-war period
    * Japanese economic activities during the Pacific War
    * Japanese involvement in Singapore's post-war industrialisation plan
    * the Lee Kuan Yew regimes policy towards Japan
    * the 1960s Japanese investment boom
    This important work challenges commonly-held views on Japan's economic advance into Southeast Asia in general and Singapore in particular.

    List of Figures Preface and Acknowledgements Abbreviations Explanatory Notes Introduction 1. Emergence of Singapore and Japan in the World Economy 2. Karayuki-san and Japan's Economic Advance into Singapore 3. Japan's Trade Expansion into British Malaya: With Special Reference to Singapore 4. The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Fisheries based in Singapore 5. Japan's Economic Activities In Syonan 6. Japan's Return to Singapore in the Post-war Period 7. The Blood Debt Issue and Japan's Economic Advance Conclusion Bibliography


    Hitoshi Hirakawa, Hiroshi Shimizu

    'The authors are to be commended on synthesizing a wide range of Japanese primary and secondary sources for the anglophone world, and this clearly written book will serve as a jumping-off point for further studies.' - Nicholas J. White, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    'the authors are to be commended for drawing on a wide range of unpublished archival material and including numerous maps and photographs of early twentieht-century Singapore. In addition, the link made between the economic, social and political dimensions of Japan's relations with Singapore renders this book recommended reading for those interested in the historical relations between two of East Asia's economic achievers.' - Asian Studies Review