1945 Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong cover information sought

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1945 Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong cover information sought

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A few moments ago I came across an interesting 1945 registered cover from Hong Kong (?) to Shanghai.

At that time both Shanghai and Hong Kong (+ a few other places also!) were under Japanese occupation. I am aware that mail from Hong Kong to for example Australia during this period was held, and not delivered until after the war had finished. However, as both were under Japanese control it appears that mails were exchanged as the 14 April 1945 cancelled cover below shows:
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and below is the arrival backstamp:
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Please, can someone help with the translation, i.e., location of the post office/registration label, the purple boxed cachet (which I presume means registered mail?) as well as the small black chop in the centre of the cover and the date of arrival in Shanghai?

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Yes - the two Chinese characters in the purple boxed cachet --> Registered mail

Date of arrival in Shanghai - seems to be June 17.
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David,

The registration label translates to : Hong Kong A.
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Thank you guys, for your help.

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I interpret the Shanghai CDS to read Shanghai 5/6/1946. The date on the front cover CDS reads 14/4/1944.
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Thank you. That makes sense, a long time being no doubt checked at both ends on top of problems encountered with the end of the war.

Incidentally, this will be offered in Mowbray Collectables’ public stamp auction in September, should you be interested in this item.

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The arrival marking of Shanghai is 33.6.17. 33rd year or 1944.
The rate is 7s for letter plus 20s for registration.
This is from a known correspondence between swiss citizens.
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