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Date posted: 04/07/2009

Old Asia-Pacific maps from Japanese Imperial Army archives are going online for modern use, such as studying changes in forest cover or the growth of cities, a Japanese researcher said Friday.

Some of the maps date back to the 1880s, offering detailed topographical glimpses of the region when foreign occupations and colonialization were common, said Shigeru Kobayashi, professor at Osaka University.

"We talk about the deforestation of Southeast Asia," he said, with old maps showing which areas have been affected. "The maps could also show how cities have changed between then and now. It's quite educational."

Kobayashi is part of a team, led by scholars from several Japanese universities, that is putting the maps on the Internet.

"We view this as a shared asset of significant educational value for all mankind," he said.

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