A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 24, 1945

Perhaps even the inscrutable Buddhas among the temple cedars of Hokkaido lifted their eyebrows for a moment last week to see so many up-to-the-minute copies of TIME circulating freely in Japan.

For TIME was banned from the Mikado's empire for years before the war began (just as we were banned in Germany and banned in Italy).

In those days our Tokyo correspondent had to work incognito — operating like a ''cloak and dagger" boy and smuggling the news out by slipping it into the hands of American tourists on their way home.

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