A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 8, 1969

N Hong Kong last week, some 250 government officials, diplomats and businessmen gathered at the Crown Colony's Hilton Hotel to help us celebrate an event that is becoming more and more frequent for TIME: the opening of a new printing plant. For the past 15 years, the magazine's Asian editions have been printed in Tokyo, and distributed by air to readers in Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia. In some cases, that meant a time-consuming haul of more than 4,000 miles. With the new plant in full operation (at least 100,000 copies of the...

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