Japan and Singapore in the World Economy: Japan's Economic Advance into Singapore 1870-1965, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Japan and Singapore in the World Economy

Japan's Economic Advance into Singapore 1870-1965, 1st Edition

By Hitoshi Hirakawa, Hiroshi Shimizu


316 pages

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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 Drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished sources, the authors shed new light on issues such as: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.


'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'the authors are to be commended for drawing on a wide range of unpublished archival material and including numerous maps and photographs of early twentieht-century Singapore.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

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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General