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Press translations [Japan]. Economic Series 0068, 1945-12-15.
Supreme Commander for The Allied Powers. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section.

translation-number: economic-0338

call-number: DS801 .S81

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No. 338 Date: 15 Dec 45


ITEM 1 Restoration of Telephone Service-Applications Required of Old Subscribers NIHON-SAGYO-KEIZAI 10 Dec 45 Translator: MITSUHASHI T.
Full Translation:
The Board of Communications has been doing its best to repair damaged telephones. By the end of November, telephone operation in unbombed areas had been 40% completed. The remainder will be completed this year, and operation in areas bombed will begin next year.
All telephone subscribers, including those air-raid victims whose telephones were taken over by the Government prior to the air raids, are required to submit a recovery application to the telephone office to which they had subscribed, giving the following information: telephone number, name and address, place where the telephone is to be installed, and occupation.
Telephone numbers and names of suscribers who haven't made application will be published for a period of three months, after which the subscription will be cancelled. If places of installation are not yet fixed, applications may be submitted, with a blank in that column, and the place reported or room as it is determined.
ITEM 2 Production of Amonium Sulphate Must Be Maintained NIHON-SANGYO-KEIZAL 10 Dec 45 Translator: MITSUHASHI T.
Full Translation:
The production of sulpuric acid totaled 1,530,000 metric tons in 1931, (including Korean and Formosan production) increased to 3,850,000 metric tons in 1937, and further climbed to a peak of 3,630,000 metric tons in 1940, in JAPAN proper alone, reaching a total of 4,500,000 metric tons when production abroad was included. The following figures include KOREA and FORMOSA: 1931 fuming sulphuric acid, 4,679 metric tons; specific gravity of more than 65-92,338 metric tons; specific gravity of 60-54,492 metric tons; specific gravity of less than 60-887,625 metric tons; totaling 1,520,000 metric tons if calculated at specific gravity of fifty. 1937 (including KOREA and FOMOSA)-fuming sulphuric acid, 190,455 metric tons; specific gravity of more than 65-575,816 metric tons; specific gravity of 60-130,014 metric tons; specific gravity less than 60-2,-305,150 metric tons. 1940-domestic production alone totaled 3,636,339 metric tons if calculated at specific gravity of 50.
Productive capacity in the metric oxide processing is equal to that in the contact process in productive percentage. If the contact process is lost entirely, the productive capacity of sulphuric acid would be halved.

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ECONOMIC SERIES: 68 (Continued)
ITEM 3 The Agriculture and Forestry Ministers Reply to Raising of Transfer prices of lands and Continuation of the Foodstuff Control Law MAINICHI SHIRUN 11 Dec 45 Translator [illegible]ATA S.
A meeting of the Farm Labor Law Committee of the House of Representatives (SHUCIIN MOCHI CHOS[illegible]I HO[illegible]IINKAI) was held on 10 December to consider the directive of General MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS on the Farm Reorm Bill. Agricultural and Forestry Minister MATSUMURAS reply to interpellations of YOSHID[illegible], Kenichi (Independent), [illegible], Jiushero (Liberal), SUGIY[illegible], Geushiro (Socialist) was as follows: 1. Transier prices of lands of the landowners are to be increased from 150 yen to 220 yen for one tan of rice land and from 90 von to 131 yen for one tan dry field throughout the whole country. 2. Assurance is to be given to peasant proprietors through the guidance of experimental farms and art methods developed by them. 3. To meet compeletion from farmers of other countries, farming methods will be improved and productive power will be increased by the support of the government.
The foodstuff Control Law by which farmers can be indeninigied for expenses incurred in production will be continued to prevent fluctuation of prices.
ITEM 4 Only 130,000 tons of Salt in the latter half-year [illegible]SAHI 11 Dec 45 Translator: SHI[illegible]T R.
Full Translation:
To the interpellation of Mr. [illegible]A, [illegible]iji, Independent, with regards to conditions of salt productions, the chief of the Monopoly Pureau, UEKI, gave the following reply, in the plenary budget session of the House of Representatives.
The supply of table salt was anticipated to be 1,100,000 tons in 1943 and 1070,000 tons in 1944, but actually it was a little under 930,000 tons. In the latter half of 1945, the salt production under the administration of the Monopoly Bureau amounted to 120,000 tons, natural salt sold by civilian makers, amounted to 30,000 tons, and imported salt amounted to 254,000 tons. This made a total 404,000 tons of which 314,000 tons were distributed and 90,000 tons were held in reserve for the next ration period.
In the last half-year, Bureau salt amounted to 45,000 and civilian salt to 80,000 tons, thus totalling 185,000 tons. The government would like to distribute 390,000 tons. Accordingly, the Government intended to import 265,000 tons in the latter half of this year, but only 2,000 tons have been imported up to the present time.
The distribution in the lost half-year was only 135,000 tons compared with the 244,000 tons during the previous year. In the latter part of 1945, salt distribution will slump appreciably as we can barely rake together in the 3rd quarter of the year, 20,000 tons of Bureau salt, 50,000 tons of civilian salt 20,000 tons held in reserve.
The Government will make every effort to increase the production of salt. So, I am sure the supply will meet the demand to a greater degree by the second half if next year.
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ECONOMIC SERIES 68 (Continued)
ITEM 5 Prices for Iron, Copper, Lead and the other Metals. [illegible]idely Increased NI[illegible]SANGYO KEIZAI 11 Dec 45 Translator: KONISHI Z.
Full Translation:
The prices for coal, steel, copper, lead, zinc and electric zinc were widely increased by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 10 December 1945. New prices will be announced in detail on 11 December by the General Affairs Bureau of the Ministry, but its enforcement will date from 1 December 1945.
The new standard prices per ton unit are as follows:
1. Iron and steel
Common steel material 2,000 yen
pig iron 830 yen
Bar steel
(Size in millimeters) (Producer's Cost) (Consumer's Price)
Small size 6.8 1,980 2,090
9 1,900 2,000
13 1,830 1,930
16 1,630 1,730
19-48 1,580 1,680
Medium Size 5-100 1,580 1,680
Large Size 100-150 1,580 1,680
150-180 1,630 1,730
Over 180 1,680 1,780
Square steel
Small Size 1.8 2,070 2,170
9 1,990 2,090
13 1,926 2,020
16 1,720 1,820
19-48 1,670 1,770
50-100 1,670 1,770
Medium Size 100-150 1,670 1,770
Large Size 150-180 1,720 1,820
Over Size 180 1,770 1,870
2 Other metals
Copper 7,800
Lead 1,800
Zinc 2,300
3. Coal total average 2,400
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