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Japanese Men of Science in Malaya during Japanese Occupation


THE circumstances of the publication of C. F. Symington's “Foresters' Manual of Dipterocarps”, recently reviewed in Nature1, are known to very few persons, but they are interesting enough to be recorded in detail. The Manual was issued from Raffles Museum, Singapore (Syonan Hakubutukan), towards the end of 1943 and was on sale solely for bona fide men of science. At that time, the Japanese Military Administration and the Syonan (Singapore) Municipality were endeavouring harder than ever to stamp out all traces of the British, even their language. That the Manual was published, and that there was a stock of some 280 copies for the British in September 1945, we owe to the far-sightedness, influence and discretion of a few Japanese men of science.


  1. Nature, 157, 671 (1946).

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CORNER, E. Japanese Men of Science in Malaya during Japanese Occupation. Nature 158, 63 (1946).

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