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Featured Publication: “Publications for Children Under the Occupation of Japan and GHQ’s Censorship [Kyodo Bunkasha: June 2016]

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Eiko, Tani. Senryōka no jidō shuppanbutsu to jīeichikyū no ken’etsu : gōdon daburyū purange bunko ni saguru/占領下の児童出版物とGHQの検閱 : ゴードンW.プランゲ文庫に探る. Kyōdō Bunkasha, 2016. 

This book illuminates the ways in which GHQ/SCAP censored children’s publications issued during the Allied Occupation of Japan, including books, magazines, newspapers, kamishibai and more. This research reveals that, at a minimum, a total of 8,000 titles of children’s books, 375 children’s magazines titles, and 292 children’s newspapers titles were published during the Occupation period.  Historical scholarship of children’s literature and culture indicates that no other historical time period matches these four years in terms of the quantity and variety of children’s publications.  All of the books, magazines, and newspapers discussed in this publication are housed and accessible in the Prange Collection.

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