This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).
On July 18, 1947, Jiji Shimpo submitted an article entitled, “Kaichumono yojin” (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0405), to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) and portions of the article were deleted.
The article reported that pick-pocketing had dramatically increased in the post-war period. The Home Ministry established the “Pickpockets Crime Prevention Movement” to address the problem. Victims were encouraged to report the crime and everyone was encouraged to be vigilant. In the past, the article reflected, pick-pocketers considered their activities to be a “trade” that required skill. But in the desperate times of a war-torn, impoverished Japan, young people were perpetrating the crime — many from “good” families — simply out of desperation and lack of moral grounding. The following portion was deleted in the Japanese galley proof, 「勿論、戦争による生活困窮と道義的堕落の影響であるが、特に我國の場合は、國民的な誇りを失ったことと、昔から我國の青少年を愛護し監督してきた家庭が、現実に壊滅したり又著しく権威を失ったことが、特に作用しているであろう・・・・（後略）」
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.