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On this day in 1947… (July 2)

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

On July 1, 1947, a murder occurred in front of the dance hall Santa Fe, located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.  A man “wearing a NYK building badge” came to the Santa Fe to look for someone who had beaten a Nisei there the night before. Two bodyguards of the Santa Fe, who had not been involved in the said fight, were called outside of the dance hall by this person.  Then, fifteen men (according to one account) beat the two bodyguards; one of them was stabbed and died immediately and the other was injured.  The group fled the scene and had not been identified at the time of the articles’ submission.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Daiichi Shimbun, Jiji Tsushin, Kyodo Tsushin, Mainichi Shimbun, Shin Hochi, Shin Yukan, Tokyo Shimbun and Mimpo covered this incident and submitted their articles to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  “Nisei” and “wearing a NYK badge” were deleted from all of them.  Below are the CCD documents that accompanied the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Kyodo Tsushin, and Jiji Tsushin articles.  The Japanese galley proof is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.


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