Macao (September 5): Two ferry-boats were, with due ceremony, on September 1 put into operation to link Macao to the Islands of Taipa and Colowan. Built in Hongkong at a cost of $200,000 each at the Hongkong & Whampoa Docks, they are about 65 tons, Diesel-engined and will carry 50 First Class and 80 Second Class passengers. The appointments are very neat and the short crossing will be made as comfortable as possible, the time spent being about 15 minutes to Taipa and another 20-25 minutes from there to Colowan. Fare will be 50 cents for the half journey and 70 cents for the whole crossing.
There will be seven trips daily, the first at 7 a.m. and the last at 7 p.m. with two-hour intervals between each. This is a vast improvement on the pre-war time-table when a maximum of four trips each way was the limit.
The popularity of the new ferry service was clearly seen last week-end when on the morning trips to the Islands the ferry-boats were crammed full of picnickers and bathers who had been, for about 10 years since the Pacific War, without any convenient ferry service to the Islands. The owners, The Kung San River & Trade Shipping Co., will soon put another boat in the service.
Tokyo (September 7): The first major American-Japanese industrial arrangement since the end of World War II was announced at a joint Press conference by the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation of Willow Run, Michigan and the East Japan Heavy Industries Limited (one of the successor companies to the Mitsubishi 'Zaibatsu') which was broken up under SCAP's anti-monopoly policy, in Tokyo to-night.
The two firms are planning a new enterprise which is intended to develop an automotive industry in Japan along American lines. A new firm is to be established which will assemble automotive products, including the latest low-priced model of 'Henry J', and will commence production early in 1951, at a 1,100,000 square feet plant of the Kawasaki Engineering Works in the Tokyo-Yokohama area.
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