Senryo-gun Ken-etsu Zasshi
The Gordon W. Prange collection, 1945-1949
Original: Possessed by The Gordon W. Prange Collection, East Asia Collection, Mckeldin Library of Maryland at Collage Park
Publication year: 1983
35mm positive, 260 reels
Index: Edited by Eizaburo Okuizumi
Following the Pacific War, US, British and other Allied forces occupying Japan implemented strict media censorship restricting the freedom of speech and ideas. This censorship took the form of rough blocking and crossing out of vast tracts of text, and the largest holding of Japanese language publications marked with comments such as “Suppress”, “Delete” and “Hold” is preserved in the Prange Collection at the University of Maryland. The collection includes around 13,000 different magazine titles and 16,500 newspaper titles, many of which can no longer be found in Japan. In 1982 however in a joint Japan-US project Yushodo transferred 9,500 magazines of 3500 different titles to microfilm. Censoring was carried out by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD), part of GHQ, and this well-known collection is probably the only resource accessible for detailed study on how Allied censors wielded their red pencils for the purposes of eliminating criticism of the occupying forces, and advancing democratization.