How long was the Burma Railway?
the Burma Railway is a railway 415 km (280 miles) long railway stretching between Thailand and Burma.
So that the Japanese could build their army up in Burma and eventually conquer Asia. The original route which the Japanese took was long and took too much time, it also opened them up to attacks from the Allied forces. The Burma railway originally was going to be built by Burma and Moulmein but they abandoned this idea when the second world war broke out, the Japanese just took over the plan.
The Thai Burma Railway was built by the Empire of Japan in 1943, to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II. Forced labor was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian civilian laborers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war worked on the railway. Over 90,000 civilians and 12,399 Allied POW's died as a direct result of the project.
Burma. Myanmar was originally known as Burma, and that is still its official name. No legislature in Burma has actually approved the name Myanmar, which is derived from the Burmese short-form name Myanma Naingngandaw and has been promoted by the military authorities in Burma. The conventional long form of the country is Union of Burma, and this in the local long form is Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw.