Updated : August 5, 2019
For about three years, the Burmese experienced the Japanese Occupation.
Several Japanese forces brought along their printing presses to produce the Japanese currency for use in Burma.
Not all Japanese notes were accepted. The note must be able to “stand up” and to “pick up sand”. It is known as “Htaung Ma Lei; Thei Kaw“.
In the early days of the occupation, the common practice was to barter goods (e.g. a car tire in exchange for food or other items).
Sad to note that when the Occupation ended, all the Japanese Currency in circulation was declared void and useless.