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Renaming S’pore as Syonan-to does not express approval of Japanese Occupation

Posted on 16 February 2017

Singapore by any other name is still Singapore.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe naming things does not mean you need to approve of it, said renaming Singapore as Syonan-to now does not express approval of Japanese Occupation.

This after the permanent World War II exhibition at the Old Ford Factory at Upper Bukit Timah has been named Syonan Gallery: War and Its Legacies.

One Singaporean, Loh Mee Yeo, said: “Singapore being called Syonan-to is no different from naming our WWII exhibition as Syonan.”

“It’s just semantics.”

“Singapore by any other name is still Singapore as long as you know it intimately in your heart.”

Other locals said naming Singapore as Syonan-to has its benefits.

Another local, Ji Poon Kwee, said: “From now on, people around the world will no longer mistake Singapore as part of China.”

“We will be known as part of the Imperial Island of Japan, where they have the best cheese cakes and best videos.”







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