Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

The Japanese Occupation: Setting the Scene for Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy

Organised by: National Museum of Singapore
  • Date:
    17 Mar 2018
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    National Museum of Singapore
    National Museum of SingaporeNational Museum of Singapore


Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy follows an eight-year-old boy in Singapore who is separated from his father and forced to work for the Kempeitai during the Japanese Occupation. He is determined to escape, but slowly, his dependence on Lieutenant Kurosawa Takeshi and their relationship test him. From Lieutenant Kurosawa, the boy receives his new name, Nanban, learns their language and customs, studies their martial arts, and prays to their Emperor, Nanban questions if he should be just as ruthless to survive.

Author Warran Kalasegaran will present the historical inspiration behind the novel, how the worlds and societies of 1940s Japan and Singapore created the setting for Nanban's interactions with Lieutenant Kurosawa, and whether in the end, history created or limited the fiction of their stories.

Don't miss this opportunity to have your copy of Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy autographed by the author. The book is available at the MUSEUM LABEL shop located on the ground floor of the National Museum.

About the Speaker
Warran Kalasegaran studied Politics with International Studies at the University of Warwick. He graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, where he wrote Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy (published in June 2017). He currently works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Japanese Occupation: Setting the Scene for Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy