Japs capitalizing on zoot-suit riots (6-11-43)

The Pittsburgh Press (June 11, 1943)

Japs capitalizing on zoot-suit riots

By the United Press

Radio Tokyo Thursday seized upon the Los Angeles disorders between servicemen and zoot-suited young East side gangsters to criticize U.S. Armed Forces.

Tokyo, heard by the United Press in San Francisco, blamed the soldiers and sailors for the demonstrations.

Tokyo said:

The fighting started when a group of gangsters beat up several soldiers and sailors for behaving in a loudly manner in all the public places.