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Newly Acquired Secondary Sources on the Occupation (2016)

We have recently acquired the following secondary sources on the Occupation period that were published in 2016.  Also see our acquisitions in 2014, 2015 (Part I), and 2015 (Part II).

 

 

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First anniversary of Prange’s Twitter accounts!

Today, April 18, marks the first anniversary of the Prange Collection’s Twitter accounts!  As of today, the English account has tweeted 435 times and has 141 followers. The Japanese account has tweeted 514 times and has 517 followers.

Below are some of the most popular tweets from the past year.  Thanks for following us!

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Prange Collection Magazines are now searchable in Zassaku Plus

Starting in April 2017, all of the Prange Collection magazines are searchable in Zassaku Plus, the complete database for Japanese magazines and periodicals from the Meiji era to the present. In addition to keyword searching, you can also search by article title, author, magazine title, and publication year.

On the search results page, you will see a bar graph indicating how many articles were found for each year (Image 1).  By clicking the bar, you can limit your results to that particular year (Image 2).  The Prange magazines were originally searchable in the 20th Century Media Information Database, which is indicated by this icon ⑳ that appears before Prange magazine article titles (Image 3).  Clicking on the article title will bring up the bibliographic information for that article (Image 4).  If you have any questions about using Zassaku Plus, please contact us.

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Constitution: from the News Agency Photographs

This is the fifth in a series on the Japanese Constitution of 1947.  See also the Constitution Series

The Constitution took effect on May 3, 1947 and is still in effect today.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of its enactment, we’ll share with you materials from the Prange Collection related to the drafting of the Constitution, its promulgation, reactions of the Japanese, and observances of Constitution Memorial Day.

Constitution Memorial Day is a national holiday in Japan.  Observed on May 3, it celebrates the promulgation of the Constitution.  The photographs below document the first and second observances of this new holiday.

The first photograph (from the left), dated May 3, 1948, is of a music concert held at the Hibiya Outdoor Music Theater celebrating the first anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution. (Call No. K0502 — from the Kyodo Tsushin News Agency Photographs).  The next two photographs are of a ceremony held at the Imperial Palace Plaza on Constitution Memorial Day in 1949 (Call No. K4023 [Kyodo Tsushin], J150 [Jiji Tsushin]).

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Constitution: General Books

This is the fourth in a series on the Japanese Constitution of 1947.  See also the Constitution Series

The Constitution took effect on May 3, 1947 and is still in effect today.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of its enactment, we’ll share with you materials from the Prange Collection related to the drafting of the Constitution, its enactment, reactions of the Japanese, and observances of Constitution Day.

“Akarui Kenpo akarui seikatsu” [New Constitution, Bright Life] (Call No. JQ-0052) was published by Kenpo Fukyukai in 1947.  According to Professor John Dower, an author of Embracing defeat : Japan in the wake of World War II, this pocketsize booklet was issued 20 million copies by the Japanese government in order to ensure a booklet for every household in Japan.  (pp. 402-403).

Nara Nichinichi Shinbunsha published “Zukai Kenpo” [The Illustrated Constitution] (Call No. JQ-0055) in 1947.  Each Article in the new Constitution is accompanied with a one page cartoon. Below are the pages for Article 20, “Freedom of Religion.”

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Additional Prange Collection Books Available at the National Diet Library of Japan (2017)

On March 14, 2017, approximately 1,400 Prange Collection books in History, History of the Americas, and Literature (poetry, drama, movies and plays) were added to the National Diet Library of Japan’s Digital Collections.   As of today, approximately 7,300 General books, 8,000 Children’s books, 6,000 Magazine issues, and 15,700 Censored Newspaper Articles are available onsite in digital form at the National Diet Library of Japan and in the Prange Collection.

Below are some examples of newly available books.

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New guide to using materials in the Prange Collection

The Prange Collection has launched a new guide (in English and Japanese) that explains how to use the Prange Collection materials. There are multiple ways to search and access our holdings.  We hope that this guide will help you find what you need.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.