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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.

Books about Malaya

Books about Malaya - philatelic, postal history & social history

‘Postal Stationery of South East Asia under Japanese Occupation’ by Masayoshi Tsuchiya FRPSL



Review by Susan McEwen December 2013.


Masayoshi Tsuchiya is a well known specialist on the Japanese Occupation of South East Asia (1942-1945) and this book features 128 pages selected from his Gold Medal winning collection of Postal Stationery of the Occupation. It covers Hong Kong, Burma, Malaya, North Borneo, Thailand-Burma Railway, the Andaman Islands, Java, Dutch East Indies and the Philippines. A wide range is covered with great rarities from each area illustrated. In each Territory the Japanese occupiers started by overprinting Stationery which they found in Government or Post Office stores, then some stationery from Japan was authorised for use and later Japanese stationery was produced, printed in Batavia.
The album pages are well presented and written up in Japanese, but fortunately full translations into English are provided at the back of the book. The author and publisher have recognised that some of us are interested in this collecting area without being able to read Japanese. The Foreword is by the Revd David Hubbard, another well known and well respected specialist in this area. The maps inside the front and back covers identify the Army and Navy Administration areas of the Occupied territories, a useful addition.

Most of the items shown are used, and would happily live in fine Postal History collections of this era. Your reviewer was particularly pleased to see the preponderance of genuine commercially used items, and the lack of contrived usages. Beautifully produced, hard bound with a colour dust-jacket, this book raises Postal Stationery up to the level of other Gold Medal collections, and is recommended to all who are interested in the Japanese Occupation of any or all of these territories

Published by the Japan Philatelic Society Foundation. A4 Hard back with d/j 176 pages, full colour.

ISBN 978-4-88963-760-1 Yen 6,300 + postage.

Order to: Japan Philatelic Society Foundation (Publisher), 1-4-23 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0031 JAPAN
E-mail to: info@yushu.or.jp

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