The Press: Only Natural

Ever since the early days of the occupation, Japan's press had been infested with Communists. Red-led unions, going far beyond the intent of U.S.-sponsored labor laws, had won contracts denying management the right to fire anyone for any reason without full union approval. Thus, by 1946, Reds had gained editorial control of Tokyo's major dailies. Although many of the Red leaders were finally ousted under the prodding of occupation authorities, many lesser Communists remained and management was powerless to do anything about them.

Last week management got a long-awaited break. The representatives of seven major dailies and of Japan's radio network were...

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