JAPAN: Let Them Wait

German correspondents in Tokyo, writing for their newspapers, revealed much that was not meant for U.S. eyes.

When the Government closed all theaters, Tokyo newspapers complained: "The hard-working population cannot live on patriotic speeches and moral sermons alone." Thereupon the Government reneged. But Japs who had flocked to comedies a year ago were numb now. The theaters drew no crowds. The people were too tired, the trolleys too jammed.

Tokyo and other big cities were being evacuated of all but essential warworkers. It was troublesome business, because so many evacuees insisted on taking their cherished gardens (including rocks and trees) as...

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