Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

November 2, 1942

The new Ministry of Greater East Asia Affairs was created in Tokyo, a euphemism for Ministry of Colonies. This new ministry will have three big bureaus for general affairs for Manchuria, China and the Southern Regions. The last one, according to the Tokyo Gazette, will take care of the affairs of French Indochina, Thailand, Malaya and Burma. Furthermore, it will be responsible for the protection and education of Japanese residents in these regions as well as the administration, cultural activities, finance, commerce, agriculture and communications in these occupied territories.