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British Democratic Institutions (Publicity)

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he is taking to see that knowledge of the history of the British Commonwealth of Nations and its democratic institutions is made known to the Japanese, thereby fulfilling the desire expressed by the United Nations Study Committee recently set up in Japan.

Our Information Officer in Tokyo is well supplied with publicity material dealing with the history of the British Commonwealth and its democratic institutions. Books and periodicals are placed in the Central Library and Reading Room in Tokyo. Feature articles and photographs in considerable numbers are distributed through the occupation authorities to the Press and magazines in Japan. A series of representative works on this subject, especially selected for the purpose of translation, are now being sent out for publication by the Japanese.