This volume is about the presence - the impact, effect or influence - of Japan in Southeast Asia, and more specifically, on the city state of Singapore, the primary and in many was paradigmatic case of the contemporary Japanese presence in the region. In Singapore the largest Japanese expatriate community is to be found, very visible socially, culturally, in business and in leisure - not surprising, perhaps, given the concentrated impact that such a large group can have on a small and almost entirely urban society, one furthermore still struggling with the problems of its own identity and its relationship to the geopolitical sphere of which it is an integral part. But before focusing on Singapore, that society needs itself to be situated in the context of Southeast Asia and an exploration made of the broad forces of change which have shaped and are shaping the region as a whole.