The Press: Foot in the Door

The presence of foreign reporters at a press conference would be news in few nations of the free world. But it is in Japan. There since occupation's end nearly four years ago, U.S. and other foreign newsmen have been barred from almost every important press conference, including those held by the government and by top industrialists. The door was slammed shut by the unofficial Japanese reporters' clubs—the Kisha Kurabu—which run the conferences for their own special benefit.

Last week, after a long series of protests, foreign correspondents finally got a foot in the door. For the first time since Japan regained its...

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