Zoot-suiters get praise from Tokyo (6-18-43)

The Pittsburgh Press (June 18, 1943)

Zoot-suiters get praise from Tokyo

By the United Press

Tokyo radio said today the American zoot-suit wearers were “isolationist and anti-war fighters,” in a broadcast reported by the Office of War Information. Tokyo radio said:

They are strong courageous young men banded together into a nationwide army to express by physical force their disapproval of the war.

Commenting on the recent rioting between soldiers and zooters, Tokyo decided:

They [the zooters] are not afraid to spill blood – even their own blood – but they are intent on spilling it in their own country for their own sacred ideals.

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