The story of the rapid rehabilitation of Hongkong and its return to normalcy in the short space of one year cannot be told without the mention of the part taken by the Foreign Affairs Section of the Governor’s Office, which has devoted its efforts to promoting the security and welfare of third nationals residing in Hongkong. Details and figures were made available by Mr T. Oda, chief of the Foreign Affairs Section, who is ably assisted by Mr Kawaminami, Mr Maejima, and a staff of about 50 local assistants.The main considerations of the Department during the past year have been:
- To discover the occupations of all third nationals living here;
- Wherever possible, to provide accommodation for third nationals and their families.
The registration of all third nationals was started for the first time during January this year at about the time when the Civil Administration Bureau was being formed. A total of 8,834 were registered, comprising 4,352 males, 2,953 females, 750 male children and 680 female children.
Indian nationals were in the majority with 3,011, followed by Portuguese with 2,646 and Eurasians 723.
Shortly after registration, a number of Portuguese and other nationals left for Macao.
The second registration was commenced on April 15, when a total of 7,251 third nationals registered. This comprised 4,152 males and 3,3099 females, with the following leading nationalities –
- Indian (male 1,873, female 706);
- Portuguese (male 777, female 1,053);
- Filipinos (male 247, female 104);
- Eurasians (male 280, female 459);
- White Russians (male 123, female 164).
The third registration at the end of September totalled 7,237, made up of 4,252 males and 2,985 females.
The leading figures are –
- Indian (male 2,742, female 643);
- Portuguese (male 552, female 866);
- Filipinos (male 224, female 459);
- Eurasians (male 239, female 400)
- White Russians (male 98, female 99).
The increase in the number of Indians for the third registration is due to the fact that the Indian police were formerly exempted from registration.
St John Hall – the former Hongkong University Hostel – was thrown open as a residence for Eurasians without any means by Foreign Affairs Section some time in August. There are about 153 persons, mostly women and children, living there at the present time.
Regarding the internees at Stanley, it is understood that number there is around 2,500. About 250 Americans were repatriated from Hongkong by the Asama Maru some time in June.
About 20 babies have been born at the Stanley Internment Camp during the year, while health conditions have been described as “very good”.
The internees are allowed to participate in every kind of sport, while religious services are held every Sunday.
The Hong Kong News, a pre-war Japanese-owned English newspaper, was revived on January 1942 during the Japanese occupation. The editor, E.G. Ogura, was Japanese and the staff members were mainly Chinese and Portuguese who previously worked for the South China Morning Post. It became the mouthpiece of Japanese propaganda. [source: Wiki]
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