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Japanese Cemetery Park, Singapore

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The Japanese Cemetery Park is a cemetery and park in Hougang, Singapore. It is the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia at 29,359 square metres, consisting of 910 tombstones that contain the remains of members of the Japanese community in Singapore, including young Japanese prostitutes, civilians, soldiers and convicted war criminals executed in Changi Prison. It was gazetted as a memorial park by the Singapore government in 1987.HistoryA Japanese brothel owner, Tagajiro Fukaki, donated 7acre of his rubber plantation to be used as a burial ground for young Japanese women who died in destitution. The British colonial government officially granted permission for this use on 26 June 1891. Since then, it was used to bury Japanese residents. During World War II, the cemetery was used to bury civilians and soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefield or to illness. After the British repatriated all the Japanese in 1948, no Japanese were allowed back into Singapore or Malaya for fear of their war past. The Singapore government took over ownership of the cemetery and left it disused. This policy towards the Japanese dead in Singapore remained until the Official Peace Treaty was signed with Japan in 1951. In November 1952, Ken Ninomiya, the first post-war Japanese Consul-General to Singapore, was tasked to find out the fate of Japanese war remains in Singapore. Upon locating the remains, the aim was to repatriate the ashes of the dead.However, the Japanese government eventually decided it would not remove the remains of the Japanese war dead to a separate cemetery nor would they repatriate the ashes. This was because the Japanese surrendered personnel had put so much effort to erect a memorial in the cemetery for their fallen comrades earlier and as such the memorial was a type of a shrine in itself as well as the fact that all ashes had been entombed in one single mound which made any form of identification impossible. In 1969, the Singapore government handed back ownership of the cemetery to the reformed Japanese Association, which oversees the maintenance of the cemetery. Burials continued until 1973 when the Singapore government passed an ordinance preventing the further expansion of the 42 cemeteries on the island.
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  • Know where it was, show where to taxi drivers compared to other restaurants. At the cemetery maintained by the Japanese Association of Singapore, a feeling of reverence. I hope you visit Singapore in Japanese.
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  • 這是東南亞最大的日本人墓地,是日本社區在新加坡的遺骸,包括日本妓女,平民,士兵和被定罪的戰犯。這個地方很安靜,寧靜和美麗。當你走過這裡,你會發現,新加坡人對待日本人的方式,不像中國大陸人民一樣。如果你需要了解更多關於這個墓地,你可以尋找看守員,但不要忘記給它一點小費。 
  • Good to visit to learn about the history of Japanese who resided in Singapore since 1861. Pleasant serene place not commonly known and well hidden in the Yio Chu Kang private estate. The flora and tre...  more »
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  • Interesting place. You'll learn a bit about the Japanese people living in Singapore during the olden days. There's nothing scary about the place, in fact quite peaceful and garden-like. It is quite a walk from the nearest bus stop and is hidden among the private houses. Be careful to walk on the correct road or you will have to make detours.
  • Surprising hidden treasure in the midst of private housing. Well kept gardens and peaceful
  • Beautiful cemetery park. It's kept in great condition by Japanese school children as part of their education and respect for the dead.
  • Quite spooky here...
  • Places I want to visit once
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