16 Feb '12, 1am

Japanese teacher's gratitude to Singaporean POW We should not glorify the horrors of war, nor should we whitewash them.

I WAS saddened to learn of the death on Feb 1 of Mr Jimmy Chew, 88, a World War II prisoner of war (POW) during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. A group of Japanese high school students and I owe him a debt of gratitude for describing to us his personal ordeal ('Remembering the thousands who lost lives'; Dec 9, last year). Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the Occupation and many Singaporeans must have bitter war memories. Unfortunately, relatively few Japanese of my generation or younger are familiar with the Occupation, when an earlier Japanese generation inflicted untold misery on the people of Singapore. It was not until I had a chance to live in Singapore in 1992 that I learnt of the suffering inflicted by the occupiers: renaming Singapore 'Syonan-to', forcing Japanese culture on Singaporeans, and committing many atrocities. All Japanese citizens remember ...

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