Instruction No. 106

ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH MAIL MATTERS AS
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES BY THE
POSTAL SERVICE

October 23, 1942

The Honorable
The CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
Manila

You are hereby directed to order the acceptance of newspapers and magazines by the postal service as from October 25th in accordance with the following:

(1) With regard to the handling of postal matters such as newspapers, magazines, etc., addressed to places outside of the Philippines, Instruction No. 94, dated October 4, 1942, concerning the commencement of the exchange of postal matters between the Philippines and other countries and places is hereby partially amended as follows:

Section 3 (1), (c) shall be amended as follows: “Newspapers and magazines published or whose publication is permitted by the Imperial Japanese Army. Provided, however, That these newspapers and magazines whose publication is permitted by the Imperial Japanese Army shall conform to the following conditions:

“(a) That they be regular periodical publications published not less than once a month in regular sequence;
“(b) That the nature of the publications be such that the completion thereof can not be predetermined;
“(c) That they be not in nature of books;
(d) That the object of such periodical publications be to report and discuss such current matters as politics, economics, law, science, education, religion, industry, art and crafts, and for sale to the general public.”

With regard to the newspapers and magazines mentioned in the next preceding proviso, the publishers shall be required to print on the covers, in the case of magazines, and at the top of the front page, in the case of newspapers, the following words in Japanese characters (Kanzi or Kana to be supplemented when necessary by a translation in English) :

“Approved by the Imperial Japanese Expeditionary
Forces to the Philippines,
dated…………………………………..”

Publishers of those publications issued on or before October 3, 1942, shall be permitted to request the Post Office to stamp the required words on the covers of the same.

The following shall be added to section 4 (1) :

“Provided, however, That postal matters mentioned in the preceding section 3, (1), (c), shall be excepted.

“(2) Newspapers, magazines, etc., sent and received within the Philippine Islands shall be restricted to those whose publication has been duly approved by the Imperial Japanese Forces. These, therefore, will not be required to bear the aforementioned words of approval.”

The instruction concerning mail service of newspapers and magazines, dated June 13, 1942, is hereby revoked.

DIRECTOR GENERAL
JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library