Papers show Japan army planned to invade South-east Asia as early as 1910

A showcase at Fort Canning on the Japanese Occupation as part of a Bicentennial event.
A showcase at Fort Canning on the Japanese Occupation as part of a Bicentennial event.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Japan's Imperial Army had set its eyes on Singapore and South-east Asia for its expansion plans from as early as 1910 - 20 years before many historians had believed.

The claim is underpinned by a trove of historical documents donated to the National Library.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'Papers show Japan army planned to invade S-E Asia as early as 1910'. Print Edition | Subscribe