End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Japanese in Singapore learn of surrender

    18 August. Military and civilian administrators in Syonan (the Japanese name for occupied Singapore) are summoned to the headquarters of the Japanese 7th Area Army, where General Itagaki Seishirō informs them that Japan has surrendered. The news is then relayed to Japanese civilian organizations.

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    Syonan had its origins in the lightning Japanese invasion and conquest of Malaya in 1942, with British forces capitulating on Singapore on 15 February.