The Merlion and Mt. Fuji:50 Years of Singapore–Japan by Tai Wei Lim

By Tai Wei Lim

Anime, Manga, Sushi, Teriyaki, J-pop, Harajuku style ... those are only a number of the cultural exports from Japan that the remainder of the area have embraced and Singapore is one in every of Japan's greatest enthusiasts. Singaporeans have benefited not only by way of being a client of the various technological advances from Japan (Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, Panasonic, and Sony to call a number of) but additionally shared and learnt via monetary, political, and highbrow exchanges over the last 50 years because the begin of the bilateral ties among those nations.

In 1868, Japan was once the 1st East Asian nation that underwent swift modernization and its improvement was once shared with Singapore from the Nineteen Seventies onwards because the eastern progress version was once selectively emulated by way of the 4 Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan). at present, because the so much complicated economies in Southeast and Northeast Asia respectively, Singapore and Japan will remain demonstrative case reviews of monetary improvement within the sector. There are similarities too among those nations: an getting older inhabitants, altering geopolitical realities, mature economies, and environmental demanding situations. The Merlion and Mt. Fuji isn't just a historic account of the bilateral cooperation but additionally comprises sincere narratives on what it's like being a Singaporean scholar on alternate in Japan, an anime and manga fan outdoor of Japan, and a few omotenashi appreciation.

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