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Selective survey results deleted

This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).

Below are censorship documents for two newspaper articles from 1947 reporting on survey results.  Both articles made it to print, but not before the CCD deleted a few of the results.

In the first article (Yomiuri Shimbun, November 4, 1947, Prange Call No. 47-loc-1532), the survey targeted 352 middle-school boys and asked them whom they liked/disliked the most. The majority said that they liked their mothers the most.  Second only to mothers, was General MacArthur, “… because he takes trouble to supply us our food-stuff.”  The MacArthur response was deleted.  No mention of GHQ SCAP/General MacArthur was permitted.  As for people they disliked, Stalin was mentioned, as well as Japanese Communists.  Stalin was deleted, as there was to be no criticism of the Allied nations. [Only CCD documents exist for this article. There is no Japanese galley proof in the Prange Collection.]

Similar CCD interference can be seen in a Sekai Nippo article (“ボールドウィン氏と日本學生問答”) dated May 29, 1947. (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0268) According to the CCD document, Mr. Baldwin, Chief-director of the American Civil Liberties Union, visited Tokyo University and hosted a round-table talk. The University students were asked this question: “Are you discontented with the U.S. occupation policy?”  The result was “6, discontented ; 12, good ; neither, 1.”  Both the question and results were deleted. Again, no mention and, especially no criticism, of GHQ SCAP was permitted. [The Prange Collection also has the galley proof of the original Sekai Nippo article in Japanese.  The electronic version of the article is only available onsite in the Prange Collection.]

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One comment on “Selective survey results deleted

  1. […] In past posts, we noted that photos of Jean MacArthur, General MacArthur’s wife, attending the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) were deleted, as was MacArthur’s name in student survey results. […]

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