75 years since Singapore fell

Syonan years

Singapore was renamed Syonan-To – Light of the South – on Feb 16, 1942 as the Japanese Military Administration Department, or M.A.D in short, assumed rulership of the occupied territories. This marks the start of 44 months of Japanese rule – days of great upheaval for the people of Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2017, with the headline 'Syonan years'. Print Edition | Subscribe