新嘉坡と馬来半島 (Shingapōru to Marai hantō) is published in 1941 in Tokyo. Written in Japanese, it outlines the Japanese’s perspective on pre-war Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. The title, translated into English means “Singapore and the Malay Peninsula”.
The book provides a general description, of the history, geography, administration and population, of Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. The social organisation and activities of resident Japanese in the two areas are also highlighted.
Significantly, it spotlights on four key subjects: the depiction of military and armed forces in Malaya and the British naval base in Singapore, the analysis of business environment and trade including trade relations with Japan, the natural and economic resources of the region, and lastly, the anti-Japanese boycott activities in Singapore and Malaya.
The book is an example of the intense Japanese interest in the region prior to the invasion of Malaya and Singapore in December 1941. Preserved as part of our rare Japanese collection, it offers an insightful read for those who are interested in learning the Japanese’s perspective on pre-war Singapore and the Malay Peninsula.