JAPAN: Suppressed Three

In Tokyo last week the Imperial Government banned as "detrimental to public peace" three of the best modern U. S. books on Japan, all written by authors who strive to be objective and praise Japan quite as often as they damn her. Excerpts from the books banned: Challenge: Behind the Face of Japan by Upton Close (Farrar & Rinehart, $3): "Perhaps the most amusing of Japan's new industries is the reproduction of old American heirlooms—New England furniture and such. ... It is as hard for our diplomats to converse with the Japanese...

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