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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 16, 1945: In a reversal of policy, America proposes that Italy be stripped of all its colonies. A meeting of Allied foreign ministers in London is reported to be in favor of the American proposal. The colonies would be placed under the trusteeship of the United Nations. Gen. Douglas MacArthur places stricter censorship on the Japanese press, and one of his spokesman says that Japan must not regard itself as an equal of the Allies but as "a defeated enemy which has not yet demonstrated a right to a place among civilized nations." Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, commander of the Japanese fighting forces in the Philippines during the first days of the war, denies he ordered the Bataan "death march." He also tells an Associated Press reporter: "I don't think it was such a tough march." Supreme Allied Headquarters in Tokyo announces that 175,000 more occupation troops will arrive in Japan in the next two months.

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