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This is a very old-fashioned approach, i.e., a diplomatic history, as if all that mattered about the period was the politics of the various groups. What about the experience of the people on the ground? Was there rationing? Did the Japanese pay for the resources they took out of the country, or simply expropriate them? Was the Kempetai active in the country? What about relations between the people and the occupying troops? Did Burmese elites profit from the occupation? Or did they support the anti-fascist initiatives? Or perhaps do a bit of both, depending on the time and place?
All of these are important questions, none of them are answered. What about the Europeans who lived in-country before the war? Typically, the Japanese placed such people in not very well run internment camps. Did they do that here? What was the experience of those people (mostly women and children, if we are to judge by experiences in Indonesia and China)?
This is only a beginning for a full article on the topic, and needs much much more work before it can be considered done. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 20:59, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
"It soon became apparent that Japanese promises of independence were merely a sham and that Ba Maw was deceived. As the war turned against the Japanese, they declared Burma a fully sovereign state on August 1, 1943, but this was just another façade."
It'd be nice if there was some detail backing up this point. Since it's talking about such a short period of time, I'm curious as to how it was so firmly established to be a "sham" and "facade."22.214.171.124 (talk) 10:12, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
This sounds like Western propaganda. The fact is that the Japanese destroyed the European colonial empires. The Fall of Singapore alone ensured the collapse of the British Empire after World War II. (126.96.36.199 (talk) 12:14, 30 August 2016 (UTC))