AUTHORBraw, Monica
TITLEThe Atomic Bomb Suppressed: American Censorship in Occupied Japan
PUBLISHERM.E. Sharpe
CITYArmonk, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1991
ISBN0-87332-628-8


This book studies the practice of censorship in Occupied Japan, in particular the censorship of the atomic bomb and its effects. It emphasizes the underlying irony of replacing Imperial with American censorship, often using the same facilities. The author, Monica Braw, discusses the ascension of Douglas MacArthur, as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), to the head of the Occupation in Japan, and his role in the censorship hierarchy. She also describes the extent to which censorship was practiced: in 1946, the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) included 8,734 persons, 8,084 of whom were non-American civilians; newsprint, film, radio, and even kamishibai (entertainment performed by itinerant storytellers) were subject to the CCD. Braw describes those acts of censorship, as well as the strict measures put in place by the SCAP to ensure that no objectionable material found its way into print. Specifically, she discusses the censorship of the atomic bomb, and explores reasons why the U.S. occupational forces would have wanted to restrain the press on that issue. Braw includes several examples of censorship from declassified sources, as well as a few schematics illustrating the hierarchy of the CCD and the SCAP.


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