100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 6, 1909
Don’ts for Japan’s young ladies
A draft of the rules for our young women with regard to their attitude towards the hard sex has been drawn up by seven prominent females’ educationists, including Mrs. Tanahashi, of Tokyo Girls’ High School, Miss Tsuda, Mrs. Sakurai, Mr. Motomichi Miwata, of Miwata Girls’ High School, and Mr. Jiro Shimoda, of Girls’ Higher Normal School.
It consists of the following 15 articles:
Art. 1. — Don’t have a talk with young men in a closed room; the presence of a third party is required. / Art. 2. — Don’t visit young men. / Art. 3. — Don’t see a bachelor at his lodgings except under the guardianship of elder women. / Art. 4. — Don’t communicate with young men; when necessary, send letters through proper men. Don’t open yourselves the letters which you have received from a stranger. / Art. 5. — Don’t exchange photos and other articles with young men. / Art. 6. — Don’t receive men in your bedchamber or sickroom. / Art. 7. — Don’t go out, if possible, after sundown; when necessary, be accompanied by a chaperone. / Art. 8. — Don’t travel or put up at an hotel without a chaperone. / Art. 9. — Don’t live alone in any house without a chaperone. / Art. 10. — Don’t behave vulgarly towards men, taking every care in speaking and deporting. / Art. 11. — Don’t speak with men and receive favour therefrom without being introduced to them in a proper manner. / Art. 12. — Don’t go near such a person or place as may create suspicion or misunderstanding. / Art. 13. — Don’t take a walk, or play games with young men without a chaperone. / Art. 14. — Don’t see young men off or meet them on a trip. / Art. 15. — Don’t dress or undress in the presence of others.
The draft will be introduced in the meeting of the Imperial Education Association to be held at Kanda on the 15th inst., and after being subjected to discussion it will be distributed among girls’ schools with the title “Rules for Unmarried Women.”
75 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 17, 1934
Detectives given prizes for largest numbers arrested in pickpocket man-hunting game
Fifteen detectives of the Metropolitan Police Board were given prizes as winners in the pickpocket-catching contest, Tuesday morning.
In view of the activity of pickpockets in the city, the Metropolitan Police decided to give prizes to detectives who caught the largest number of pickpockets in six months from November 1933 to April 1934.
During the six months, 959 pickpockets were caught by detectives and policemen of Tokyo, while, in all, reports of 1,404 cases of pickpocketing were registered. The police believes that the arrested number of pickpockets reaches nearly 68 percent of the total pickpocketing cases.
The detective who received first prize in the contest was Keiji Shizu, who caught 38 offenders in six months. Toshigo Sato received the second prize, having caught 30 pickpockets. Nanao Taguchi was third with 26 arrests.
50 YEARS AGO
Wednesday, May 27, 1959
Tokyo gets ’64 Olympics — Kishi, other leaders hail IOC decision
A wave of rejoicing swept the nation last night as news was flashed from Munich that Tokyo had been awarded the 1964 Olympic Games.
The fifth ring in the Olympic symbol had been completed. The Olympic Games had finally come to Asia.
Radio and television stations broke off their regular programs to flash the happy tidings to the nation.
Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi led the nation in expressing great pleasure and elation over the International Olympic Committee’s selection of the Japanese capital (over Vienna, Brussels and Detroit) as the site of the 18th Olympiad.
Kishi said it was a great honor for Tokyo, and its selection offered “a great opportunity for the Japanese people to demonstrate their love of sports and their attitude of respect for sportmanship to the world.”
Government officials and former Olympic stars joined the prime minister in expressing joy over the news.
Hosting the Olympic Games had been the long-cherished hope of the Japanese people, and now they had finally got it they went wild with joy.
Tokyo was awarded the 1940 Olympic Games, but had to abandon it because of the hostilities.
Saying how much Japan had wanted the Games, Kishi recalled last night that the Diet last year adopted a resolution urging efforts to seek the Olympics for Tokyo.
He urged the Japanese people to exert their utmost efforts for the success of the forthcoming Games.
The IOC’s decision was also eagerly hailed by former Japanese Olympic stars, who had long hoped that the Games would one day come to Tokyo.
Yoshiyuki Tsuruta, winner of the breaststroke at the Amsterdam and Los Angeles Olympics [in 1928 and 1932] and now Tokyo Bureau chief of the Ehime Shimbun [in Shikoku], regarded the selection of Tokyo as stemming from international recognition that Japan is now a leading sports nation.
In this feature, which appears in TIMEOUT on the third Sunday of each month, along with our regular Week 3 stories, we delve into The Japan Times’ 113-year-old archive to present a selection of stories from the past. Stories may be edited for brevity.