Army & Navy - OCCUPATION: Pacific Price Index

First Japanese civilian communities occupied by U.S. troops in World War II were the Marianas Islands of Saipan and Tinian, last June. There, as everywhere, warfare brought normal economic processes to a shocked and paralyzed stop. But U.S. soldiers build even better than they tear down. By last week the occupied Marianas again had a healthy civilian economy operating, complete with a local variety of OPA price control.

Civil affairs administrators at first had found it impossible to pay any wages at all to native laborers. With no goods available, any money in native hands became mischief money, that was...

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