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Censoring “MacArthur”

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

During the Occupation, General Douglas MacArthur’s image was tightly controlled and his privacy protected.  This is evident throughout the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs), where images and references to MacArthur were heavily censored.  The following statement was deleted, in spite of the fact that it seemed to support the official Allied message:   “Every step of General MacArthur, who has just came out of the headquarters into the soft sunshine of the New Year, means a step of the starting new Japan.  The face of the general who believes that the democratization of Japan is going satisfactorily is as bright as it can be.” [Kyodo Shashin Tsushin article (December 22, 1947)]  (Call No. 47-loc-1899).

References to MacArthur’s private life were often deleted or entire articles suppressed.  See the wedding announcements for MacArthur’s cousin in the Nippon Times and Yomiuri Shimbun (October 9, 1947) and the conversion of MacArthur’s former home on the 5th floor of the Manila Hotel into the hotel’s night club (Kyodo Tsushin/Associated Press (AP) article([10]/[16]/194[7]).  In another instance, attribution to MacArthur of a plan submitted to the Far Eastern Commission was deleted from an article by the Associated Press World Service/Nihon Keizai Shimbun (October 15, 1947)  (Call No. 47-frn-1612).

In past posts, we noted that photos of Jean MacArthur, General MacArthur’s wife, attending the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) were deleted, as was MacArthur’s name in student survey results.

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