Singapore's success with SG50 - the country's 50th anniversary of independence - has spawned a sequel: SJ50.
The project - planned as a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations - will be launched by the Embassy of Japan in Singapore next year.
During World War II, when Japan occupied Singapore, thousands of Singaporeans were killed for being "anti-Japanese" or for being "Chinese sympathizers."
But there has been a sea change in relations since the 1945 end of the occupation. The countries launched diplomatic relations in 1966 - a year after Singapore gained its independence - and in the 1970s Japan became Singapore's largest foreign investor and trading partner. The Lion City was also the first country to sign a free-trade agreement with Japan in 2002.