Historian Sandra Khor Manickam and Dr Naoko Iioka (independent researcher) recently received a Grant for Japan-related Research Projects from the Sumitomo Foundation Japan. They will study the history of Japanese medical migrants during World War II.
Manickam's and Iioka's project is entitled 'Ando Kozo and the Medical Department of the Japanese Military Administration of Malaya (19741-1945)'. They will study the history of Japanese medical migrants to British Malaya and their roles during the occupation within a larger history of medicine and imperialism.
This ground-breaking research bridges the linguistic divide separating Japanese and non-Japanese research into the World War II in Southeast Asia by utilizing Japanese, English and Malay sources to research the role of medicine in the Japanese colonization of Malaya.