Radio: From Sugato to Scarlett

Seven months ago, Japanese radio was shackled and archaic. It was pushed around by militarists, staffed with incompetent kin and courtiers of the royal family, and as traditional as Bushido in its programs. But once unbound by the Allies, it soon paced the campaign for a democratic Japan. Last week, to help it stay on its own feet, the Broadcasting Corp. of Japan had a new, liberal president: an unobtrusive mathematician, Kinnosuke Ogura.

Ex-Professor Ogura could put what he knows about radio in a slide-rule case without removing the rule. But he has a...

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