Although it's part of the Factor's residence, this room was used to meet with Japanese officials over trade issues and other matters. It was also used for entertaining guests.
When the ships were in, Dejima's population temporarily increased. When the ships were gone, there were only around 15 Dutch East India Company employees on the island. These were the Factor and his assistants, the Deputy Factor, a cargo manager, one to three clerks, a doctor, cooks, carpenters, and servants. There were many Japanese people who helped keep the island functioning. They included merchants supplying daily necessities, guards, firemen, cooks and interpreters.
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