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On this day in 1947… (May 21)

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

BLOG_pca-47-loc-0190xxx-000-do000-0000On May 21, 1947, Mainichi Shimbun submitted an article entitled, “Let Us Give Up the Akita Dialect” (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0190), to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  As reported in the article, the Education Department of the Akita Military Government issued a directive to elementary school teachers to use the “right-standard language”, rather than the local dialect, when speaking to students  —  and even among themselves.  The Yokote North-South Primary School responded to the directive by prohibiting the use of the dialect among teachers.

Though there are pencil markings on the Japanese galley proof made by the CCD examiner,  the article was “Passed”.

The Japanese galley proof is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.


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