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Proclamation of Japanese Military Administration in Malaya

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Proclamation of Japanese Military Administration in Malaya

This Proclamation of Japanese Military Administration in Malaya was prepared in 1941, in advance of Japan’s victory. When the British surrendered Singapore in 1942, the Japanese established a military administration in Singapore.

The Japanese Military Administration took over the British administrative structures. All the courts under the British ceased to function. A Military Court of Justice of the Nippon Army was set up to administer Military Ordinances and the Laws of the Nippon Army. The Civil Courts eventually reopened and the Syonan Koto-Hoin (Supreme Court) was established with a Japanese as the Chief Justice. All pre-existing laws were respected subject to military variations.

Laws that impacted on the lives of Singaporeans related to the currency to be used and laws mandating fixed price levels for goods. The Japanese formally surrendered in 1945.

Among the many historical and cultural objects in the National Gallery Singapore, the following are highlights:

Proclamation of Japanese Military Administration in Malaya

  • Title:                   Proclamation of Japanese Military Administration in Malaya
  • Date:                   1941
  • Material:            Paper
  • Museum:           National Gallery Singapore

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“A given excuse that was not asked for, implies guilt.” Singaporean / Malay Proverb

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