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EDITOR EXPELLED, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
SEmrraus JAPANESE JOUKX^. For several weeks after the kuropoaii conflagration had broken out two dairy newspapers published: in Japan in English pointedly propounded pro-Gorman views, and attached to cables from English. French, or Ruseian sources bitter ami insulting footnotes. Even after Japan had dedaied war these publications continued in the some strain, and considerable indignation was caused, by the immunity they were allowed to enjoy. But even Japanese forbearance has its limits, and Tokio newspapers brought to Sjdney by the Tango Maru retail a sud--1 den and drastic development. In the min'dle of September the two offending papers, the 'Japan Herald * and 'Deutsche Japan Post,' were ordered by the Japanese authorities to cease publication. They had the one editor, and he was ordered to leave Japan within, one- week. Soon after war broke out between Japan and Germany the police authorities gave the editor, Mr Martin Ostwald, several warnings, and Inter they Min.moned him and cautioned him mot to wrilo any articles unfriend!) to Japan and the Allies. Notwithstanding these precautions, the 'Herald' bad an articlo he.-ded 'The Neutrality of Helium. A Part, of Ki'gland's Isolation Policy,' in which the editor severely criticised Great Britain, the ally of .k-.pan. So the authorities concerned had finally decided to suspend the publication, ama ordcied Mr t)slwald to leave the- country. An official of ihc Foreign Office said ii. an interview tint for s'.'venii years past the papers in question had been conduetinj a huge campaign for alienating the friendship of Japan and England by underlm-m methods. "As you may know," he said, " our Government, have been very generou.--towards the Germans, because they were the people of a friendly nation before the war was declared. Even after war war declared between the two nations, Japan. bv the various proclamation:; it-sued toward tie end of hot month, accorded them generous treatment. Bui tlift two journals have abused the opportunity offered them. F,u instance :h:; ' Heutselie Japan Pes'.' h.is repeatediy attempted to give impressiou.that the allied army weie losing, when it was reported that the Allies were winning. by saying that the despatches received from Europe in Japan bad been manufactured to suit the iiurjwses of the Allies. They went oven so tar as to say that Japan was a tool of England, and that a tin:.' would come when Japan wosdd ."cia.t.-h England lik" a cat. It is impossible l '' enumerate all that they had to say, but I InForeign Office was satisfied that they wer. not behaving as they ehould. We have also received wainy complaints from, tic foreign community in Japan, who wondered wbv thes<i journals .-hould be. rile wed at large in tin's country. We have sent many times warning to them to stop their mischief, but they have not taken our advice. Hence we wero obliged to order thorn to suspend publication. I do not know whether the editor, Mr Ustwa'.d, has made a declaration never to come back to Japan again, but hj- may have done so, j because ho was '•xpellcd fiom Japan by i order of the Police- Department."
EDITOR EXPELLED, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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