Preserving Pacific history: Stars and Stripes librarian retires after 40 years among the archives

Stars and Stripes Pacific librarian Norio Muroi looks through the newspaper's archives at Hardy Barracks in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
Stars and Stripes Pacific librarian Norio Muroi looks through the newspaper's archives at Hardy Barracks in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

Preserving Pacific history: Stars and Stripes librarian retires after 40 years among the archives

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — Thousands of newspapers dating back to 1945, countless clippings of old stories and half a million priceless photographs fill a room that Norio Muroi has tended for the past four decades.

Stars and Stripes’ library in Tokyo preserves the stories and heroics of countless service members from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars alongside records of newsworthy events on American bases in the Far East over the past 75 years.

Muroi, 65, who retires Friday, has worked in the newspaper’s library for more than half of that timespan.

A tailor’s son from Otawara in Tochigi prefecture, Muroi in 1977 was studying economics at Hosei University in Tokyo when he started as a Stars and Stripes copyboy, he recalled during a recent tour of the library at Hardy Barracks, the newspaper’s Pacific headquarters in the Japanese capital.

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