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The spring months are usually the busiest of the whole year for hotel keepers in the country, the number of foreigners visiting Japan in April and May for the cherry blossom season being considerable. The war, however, is affecting this as it is almost every other branch of business. Since war broke out, says a member of the Imperial Hotel staff, there has been practically no foreigners visiting this country purely for pleasure, and few inquiries have been received regarding hotel accommodation as was the case before the war. There are some 40 guests at the Imperial, but they have come over for business purposes only. Nor are prospects of improvement very bright, our informant being of the opinion that this state of affairs will unfortunately continue for the duration of the war.

Approximately 400,000 pamphlets of two different kinds will be distributed throughout the country by the Broadcasting Corporation of Japan (forerunner of NHK) on March 20 with the object of encouraging people in agrarian and fishing districts and women to make more use of the radio.

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