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The Japanese Military and Indonesian Independence
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
Vol. 27, No. 1, The Japanese Occupation in Southeast Asia (Mar., 1996), pp. 19-36
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of Department of History, National University of Singapore
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20071755
Page Count: 18
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The article deals with the question of whether during the Pacific War there was a community of interest between the Japanese military and Indonesian nationalists. This point is mainly denied. Nationalists did want to use the Japanese to oust Dutch rule, but as soon as this was effected relations soured. The Japanese military wanted to use Indonesia as a source of the raw materials essential for war, and as a reservoir of labour. The Indonesians wished to settle their own affairs without any outside interference. These objectives were incompatible.
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies © 1996 Department of History, National University of Singapore