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East Asia Library adds two new Western-language newspaper databases

November 29, 2018
Joshua Capitanio
East Asia Library

The East Asia Library has recently gained access to two newly released archives of Western-language newspapers published in East Asia during the 1930s and 1940s, both of which are important resources for studying Japanese imperialism in East Asia.

  • Japan news-week - American-operated Japan News-Week was the last independent, foreign-owned English-language newspaper published in Japan before World War II. It began publication on November 12, 1938, and continued until the arrest of founder W. R. Wills and managing editor Phyllis Argall by Japanese special police (Tokko) on a charge of espionage in December 1941.
  • Hongkong news - First published as an English-language weekly in 1939, the Hongkong news resumed publication under its Japanese managing director Toshihiko Eto on December 26, 1941, the day after the Christmas Day surrender of the British Crown Colony, and lasted up to August 17, 1945, the last week before Hongkong's liberation. This full-text searchable run of The Hongkong News as published during the Japanese Occupation offers scholars the voice of Japan from Hongkong, a voice described as "a close, unvarnished, daily view of the recolonizing mind-set of the new masters of East Asia."

For more historical Western-language newspapers from East Asia, please view the East Asian Studies topic guide.


Joshua Capitanio

Joshua Capitanio

Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
Bibliographer, East and Southeast Asia (Western languages)
Subject Specialist, Religious Studies