This newspaper described the ebb and flow of the war in considerable detail. Censorship was in operation, but the Nippon Times offered voluminous coverage in English based on statements by the Imperial authorities, reports by vernacular Japanese newspapers and foreign news agency dispatches, archival records show.

News of the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima was approved for print the following day and the Aug. 8 edition contained a terse statement within a longer article about U.S. and British air raids.

"Hiroshima was attacked by a small number of Superforts at 8:20 a.m. Monday," the newspaper said, referring to the U.S. B-29 Superfortress bomber. "The enemy dropped explosives and incendiaries. Damage is now being investigated."