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|Koa'in Kahoku Renraku Seimukyoku Chosasyo|
|China / Peking|
|Koa’in is the Japanese name of the East Asia Development Board, a national administrative organ founded by the first Konoe Cabinet on December 16, 1938. The Board was under the direct control of the diet and was in charge of overseeing administrative affairs in Japanese-occupied China. With the exception of foreign affairs, it oversaw political, economical and cultural affairs. The North-China Branch of the Board, which was established in 1939, published a Complete Map of Peking during the Qianlong Period, and was one of the various branches established in Central China (including the Amoy and Mongolia-Manchuria branches). After the establishment of the Ministry of Greater East Asia by the Tojo Cabinet on November 1, 1942, the Board was absorbed into that ministry along with the Ministry of Colonial Affairs, the Bureau of Manchurian Affairs, the East Asia Department and South Pacific Department of the Foreign Ministry.|
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