The Press: Impartiality Gone Haywire

At the annual convention of the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association in Sendai City, the nation's top newsmen gladdened the hearts of the geisha by spending yen as if they were sen. It was expense account money, handed out by their hard-pressed business offices with orders to spend it as conspicuously as possible. The object: to achieve the utmost face and to give the impression that Japanese newspapers were doing just great.

The face-saving in Sendai City, 190 miles north of Tokyo, was a symptom of the ills that have turned Japan's press...

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