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Dr. Kihara goes to International Genetics Conference in 1948

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

Dr. Hitoshi Kihara (木原均, 1893-1986) of Kyoto University, well known for his genetic research on wheat, was invited to the the Eighth International Genetics Conference, which took place July 7 – 14, 1948 in Stockholm, Sweden.  On May 27, Asahi Shimbun submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) stating that it was unlikely that Dr. Kihara would be able to attend the conference due to insufficient funding for the trip, “…for sad to say, livelihood of Japanese scholars, as well-known, is associated with poverty.”  This statement was deleted.

On June 8, Kyodo Tsushin, Asahi Shimbun, and Mainichi Shimbun reported that Dr. Kihara would be able to attend the conference with financial assistance from the International Genetics Association and the United States Genetics Association.  All of these articles were suppressed — no reason was given on the censorship documents.   When Mainichi Shimbun submitted another article to the CCD on June 24 with the headline, “Dr. Hitoshi Kihara’s Travel Expenses”, the article was Passed, perhaps because it reported that support was not limited to organizations and individuals from abroad, but was also “from his friends and others”.  Click on the images below  to read the CCD documents.  Scroll down and click “View Full Size” in order to zoom in.  The galley proofs of the Japanese articles are only available onsite in the Prange Collection.


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