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|The Japanese invaded Burma from the south from April to May 1942. The Japanese had assisted formation of the Burma Independence Army, and trained the Thirty Comrades, who were the founders of the modern Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). The Burmese hoped to gain support of the Japanese in expelling the British, so that Burma could become independent. In 1943 Japan nominally declared the colony independent as the State of Burma on 1 August 1943.|
Monetary system: from October 1942: 1 Rupie = 100 Cent
In May 1942, during the invasion and before the establishment of the Japanese military administration, the British Burma stamps were overprinted with a peacock (the Burmese national bird) in all kinds of types, and were put on sale by the "Public Order Committee" under the "Burma Independent Army" in Southern Burma. Be carefull when paying too much for these creations, as probably most surcharges are fakes. Also letters with THA HAN PHAUNG are fakes.
Under the instruction of Shizuo Yano, chief of the Committee for re-establishment of Burmese Postal Service, the Yano seal stamps were hastily printed in time for the opening on 1 June 1942. Soon afterward the Farmer 1 anna was prepared: printing started on 11 June (and continued until 25 June), and stamps were sold from 15 June.
Various Japanese stamps were also overprinted for use in Burma from 22 September.
The postage for 1st class letter changed from 1 anna to 5 cents on 15 October 1942, so the unsold stamps were overprinted 5C, and the Showa stamps were re-overprinted in cents.
Under the Japanese Occupation in South-East Asia the Japanese stamps were also valid without overpint.
On 15 February 1943 Burmese National Emblem stamps were issued big enough to be affixed above the embossed portrait of George VI.