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Japanese Occupation stamps

Talking about stamps being used (or abused) like this reminds me of a similar operation during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore that was, perhaps, a little less legitimate.

During the Japanese rule in Singapore (15 February 1942 to 12 September 1945), Japanese stamps were issued. These
are shown below (the 50-cent piece shows an existing landmark building in Johore Bahru).
Retrievia Excerpts 2003-2004

However, when the Japanese ran short of stamps, they commandeered the stocks of British stamps, which showed a picture of King George the Sixth, and simply printed “Great Japan” on the stamps.

Retrievia Excerpts 2003-2004

Take a close look at the stamp on the left. The pronunciation of“Great Japan (or Great Nippon)”is rendered as ‘Dai Nippon’.

However, ‘Dai Nippon’ could be pronounced as ‘Die Nippon’ and interpreted as a sign that Japan would eventually lose the war!

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2003/ 2004
Tan Wee Kiat

Written by Ivan Chew

19 January, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Posted in Year 2003/ 2004