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In The News 82 Years Ago
April 25, 1937

ORDERLY PROGRESS IN TEXTILES URGED. 'World Industry' Asks Action by Nations to End Threat to Labor Standards. (NYT) Labor standards and economic relations in general throughout the world are threatened by the struggle for textile markets, and, therefore, a "common program of international cooperation and national action to promote the orderly development of a textile industry" is needed. Consumption of textile goods in many countries is still below "what may be regarded as a reasonable minimum," according to report, hence the over production is a major problem. The report discussed various aspects of international competition in the textile markets, with particular reference to Japan's expanding textile trade. "The so-called problem of Japanese competition" has arisen principally, the report said, "by virtue of a rising volume of textile exports from that country in a world market that was shrinking because of cyclical and structural developments."

BLAST DAMAGES CASTLE. Noted Japanese Structure Shaken During Filming of Movie. (NYT) One person was killed and six were seriously injured today when an explosion during the filming of a motion picture blasted away a wall of historic Himeji Castle, most highly prized surviving example of medieval Japan castle architecture. Himeji Castle, called Rojo, or "Snowy Heron Castle," dates from 1340 and is considered one of Japan's national treasures. The explosion occured when a photographer's magnesium ignited some gunpowder stored in the castle.

JAPAN RECORDS GAINS BY HEAVY INDUSTRIES; Increase of Several Hundred Per Cent Is Caused by Spur of Military Expenditure. (NYT) Under the stimulus of military expenditure, Japan's heavy industries have expanded by several hundred per cent in the past five years, according to statistics given by the newspaper Chugai Shogyo.

ATTACK Challenges the War Minister on Discipline—Sato's Move for Foreign Amity Upheld Attitude Is Criticized Advice Was Personal. (NYT) The army doubtless desires to obtain its budget before the financial year-end, on March 31, but members of the House of Peers contrast the mild and placatory responses of the War Minister, General Sugiyama, under fire today with the predecessor's demineering methods a month ago. In the Japanese fashion, everything was conducted with politeness and Oriental vagueness of phrase, but between the lines can be read the fact that the civilian elements are regaining courage and reasserting their influences. In opening the budget debate, Giichi Matsumura expressed readiness to vote the funds the army wanted, but reminded General Sugiyama that discipline among officers was as necessary as munitions. Mr. Matsumura accused some officers of seeking to make drastic changes in Japan's parliamentary system under the name of administrative reforms, and declared that not only officers, but the War Office itself, had interfered with General Kazushige Ugaki in the recent crisis when he tried to reform the Cabinet. He asked for assurance that the army in the future confine itself to its original duties.

OIL SUPPLY OF JAPAN HELD ENOUGH FOR WAR; Navy Minister Gives Assurance to House, but Refuses to Yield Any Details. (NYT) The Japanese Navy has enough oil in store to sustain a protracted war if it broke out now, Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, Minister of the Navy, stated in the House of Representatives.

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