The US occupation of Japan

81st ID in Operation Olympic

MacArthur administered "a censorship bureaucracy that extended into every aspect of public expression". Between 1945-49, US censors checked 330 million pieces of mail and monitored 800,000 private phone conversations! Newspapers, books, public broadcasting and cinema were heavily censored. A Tokyo stage show in which one of the cast sang ‘how can we have democracy with two emperors?’ (ie Hirohito and MacArthur) was banned. Taboo subjects included criticism of the US, criticism of the emperor, food shortages, the black market, warnings about World War III, fraternisation and ‘mixed blood children’, and references to censorship. While the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not officially proscribed subjects, eye-witness accounts and other reports were suppressed. Dower notes, "for over six years, Japanese scientists and doctors... were denied access to data that might have assisted them in communicating to and helping atomic-bomb victims".


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