Radio: Terebi Jidai

Japan last week became the first country in Asia to have regular television programs. To celebrate the beginning of Terebi Jidai (the Television Era), thousands of Japanese crowded into Tokyo's public halls, schools and dealers' shops to watch on TV screens a succession of congratulatory speeches by Japanese officials and U.S. Ambassador Robert Murphy ("This reflects the progressive spirit of the new Japan"). The speeches were followed by films of Eisenhower's inaugural, a ballet and the playing of a Kabuki drama called A Scene from Yoshinoyama.

Tokyo's TV equipment is largely British-made (U.S. equipment costs too much), and there are only 3,000...

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