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On this day in 1947… (August 23)

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

On August 23, 1947, Daiichi Shimbun submitted an article entitled, “Opium poisoning 40,000 Tokyo men” (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0648), to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  The entire article was suppressed.

As translated into English by the CCD examiner, the article begins, “There is a tremendous amount of opium scattered all over the country amid the troublous [sic] confusion after the War.  Even within the city limits of Tokyo Metropolis as many as 40,000 men have been poisoned.”  The article then describes “the hell of the opium den”, the exorbitant cost of the habit (“…from 500 or 600 to 2,000 or 3,000 yen a day…”), and the efforts by the Tokyo Municipal Narcotic Section to eradicate, “the root of opium power eating into cultural Tokyo”.

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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