World War II Singapore

The Chōsabu Reports on Syonan

Gregg Huff (Trans. & Ed.), Shinobu Majima (Trans. & Ed.) | NUS Press | 2017

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During World War II, the Japanese government created a research bureau, the Chōsabu, to study occupied Singapore. The bureau’s reports on Singapore’s economy and society, reproduced here in translation, covered population and living standards, prices, wages, currency and inflation, rationing, labour usage, food production and supply, and industrialization. Syonan’s military and civilian administrators drew on Chōsabu research in formulating social and economic policy. The research takes on added importance because the Japanese destroyed most records of their wartime administration. That leaves the Chōsabu reports as one of the few first-hand Japanese sources to have survived the war.

The translation allows a fuller understanding of the impact of the war and occupation than hitherto possible. Introductory chapters by the editors analyse the reports in light of wartime events in Singapore and Japanese occupation policies, and discuss the Chōsabu authors and their place in the history of Japanese economic thought.

 

ISBN: 978-981-4722-62-9

Cover Type: Softcover

Page Count: 520

Year Published: 2017

Language: English

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The Chōsabu Reports on Syonan

COMING SOON OCTOBER 2017

During World War II, the Japanese government created a research bureau, the Chōsabu, to study occupied Singapore. The bureau’s reports on Singapore’s economy and society, reproduced here in translation, covered population and living standards, prices, wages, currency and inflation, rationing, labour usage, food production and supply, and industrialization. Syonan’s military and civilian administrators drew on Chōsabu research in formulating social and economic policy. The research takes on added importance because the Japanese destroyed most records of their wartime administration. That leaves the Chōsabu reports as one of the few first-hand Japanese sources to have survived the war.

The translation allows a fuller understanding of the impact of the war and occupation than hitherto possible. Introductory chapters by the editors analyse the reports in light of wartime events in Singapore and Japanese occupation policies, and discuss the Chōsabu authors and their place in the history of Japanese economic thought.

“The introductory chapters not only explain the context but also contribute to the history of economic thought in Japan and to the economic history of Southeast Asia.”
— Tetsuji Okazaki, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo

ISBN: 978-981-4722-62-9

Cover Type: Softcover

Page Count: 520

Year Published: 2017

Language: English

Gregg Huff (Trans. & Ed.)

Shinobu Majima (Trans. & Ed.)

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