Instruction No. 120

COMMENCEMENT OF THE HANDLING OF BOOKS,
PRINTED MATTER AND COMMERCIAL
DOCUMENTS BY THE POSTAL
SERVICE

December 5, 2602

Hon. QUINTIN PAREDES
Commissioner of Public Works and
Communications
Manila

The handling of books, printed matter and commercial documents by the Postal Service within the Philippines and also between the Philippines and Japan, Mansyu (Manchukuo), Tyuka Minkoku (Republic of China), and places in the southern area, shall be commenced as from December 10, 2602.

Consequent to this new arrangement, the following amendments shall be made to Instruction No. 94, “Commencement of the exchange of postal matters between the Philippines and other countries and places,” Instruction No. 4, “concerning reopening of postal administration in the Philippines” and Watari Gunseiko No. 285, “Concerning partial revision of postage rates in the Philippines.”

You are, therefore, hereby instructed to arrange for the enforcement of the above and to notify the general public thereof.

AMENDMENTS

I. Amendments and supplementations to Instruction No. 94.

Item (c), section 1 of article 3, to be amended as follows, and item (d) and (e) to be added thereto:

(c) Newspapers, magazines and other periodical publications issued or authorized by the Army provided that, on the upper part of each cover the following quotation shall be written or stamped by the publishers: ‘Approved by the Imperial Japanese Expeditionary Forces in the Philippines on (Date: Day, month and year).’ “

“For the sake of convenience, however, the insertion of this quotation shall be done by the post offices concerned to newspapers and magazines issued previous to October 31, 2602, and to periodical publications other than newspapers and magazines, issued previous to December 30, 2602.

(d) Printed matter answering to the following descriptions:

“(1) Publications of the Imperial Japanese Government or Governmental Offices, and publications authorized in the Empire of Japan.

“(2) Books and printed matter published, authorized or approved in censorship by the Imperial Japanese Army.

“(3) Dictionaries, Statistics, Medical Books, Maps, Charts and other books regarding Science and Arts, Commerce and other printed matter not containing references to or dealing with Politics, Military Affairs, Diplomacy or problems of thought, opinion or ideas.

(e) Commercial documents, the contents of which are all or partially handwritten, stamped or typewritten, which have no nature of communication addressed to any specified person and have no reference to or dealing with discussions on Politics, Military Affairs, Diplomacy or problems of thought, opinion and ideas.”

II. Amendments to Instruction No. 4.

Item (c) of section 1 shall be amended as follows by revising item (3), inserting a new item (e) and changing the former items (e) to (f)

“(e) Newspapers, magazines and other periodicals published or authorized by the Army, provided, however, that on the upper part of each cover shall be written or stamped by the publisher the following quotation: ‘Approved by the Imperial Japanese Expeditionary Forces in the Philippines (Date: Day, month, and year).’

“(e) Books and printed matter described below: “Dictionaries, Statistics, Medical Books, Maps, Charts and other books regarding science and arts, commerce and other printed matter not containing references to or dealing with politics, military affairs, diplomacy or problems of thought, opinion and ideas.”

III. Addition to Watari Gunseiko No. 285.

The following No. 3 shall be added next to No. 2: “No. 3. Third-class postal matter (other than first-class and second-class postal matters), four centavos (₱.04) per 100 grams or fraction thereof.”

DIRECTOR GENERAL
JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library