Letters: Jun. 14, 1963

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After World War II, the Allied Occupation authorities decided on the policy to remove the then leaders of the Japanese press. The Occupation released all Communists from Sugamo Jail and encouraged them to hold strikes at newspapers. As a result, the heads of newspapers resigned overnight from their posts. Only Mr. Shoriki fought the Communists in his company, and after two months he suppressed them. As a result he fell into disfavor with the Occupation authorities, who put him in Sugamo prison on the pretext that he was a war-crimes suspect.

With Mr. Shoriki removed, the Yomiuri Shimbun fell immediately under the control of Communists. The Occupation authorities then changed their policy and began to clamp down on the Communists. FUMIO KOJIMA Managing Editor The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo

Hitler & the Danes


While properly denigrating Eichmann and his barbaric culture [May 24], you cast an unfair shadow over the Danes. Any "autonomy" Hitler granted the Danes was due more to his need for their agriculture and his desire to demonstrate a "model" occupation than to the political complicity you imply.

EUGENE R. HINKSTON 1962 Fulbright Teacher in Denmark Woodland Hills, Calif.

What's Waf


The recent heads of state conference held here in Addis Ababa [May 31] may well be remembered in history as a significant event in world, not just African affairs.

The fact that 30 African heads of state agreed to gather together is a major accomplishment in itself. That they were able to draft a charter for the Organization of African Unity; contribute for the liberation of Africans still under colonial rule; that the finance ministers of the 32 African governments will soon meet in Khartoum to discuss setting up an African development bank are indications that the Africans are serious about African unity, however different their ideas about this may be at the present.

THOMAS A. GRANGE Peace Corps Teacher Prince Makonnen School Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


What you call wat is what Ethiopians eat as injera. Wat is a kind of curried stew made of lamb, beef or chicken and liberally seasoned with red pepper and other spices. The injera is served with the wat-usually for dipping.


Inside Castro's Prisons


The facts set forth in the OAS report on the Cuban prisons have long been known to all who have had relatives and friends in Castro's power.

Since 1960, to my knowledge, delegations of wives and relatives of the political prisoners have protested to the Red Cross, to the OAS, and to every agency they could think of, trying to make known to the world the plight of these men and women. Up to now their efforts have been to no avail.

Even now your [June 7] article is the first complete report of the OAS findings that I have come across.


How Many Caesareans? Sir:

Re the article on "Obstetrics" in the June 7 issue of TIME, may I make some slight objection to the views of one Dr. Paquin. In some ways, perhaps I, too, am an "up-to-date" obstetrical surgeon, for I, too, routinely use the "New Cut."

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