In September 2015, we began digitizing the education books in the Prange Collection. We’ll share interesting educational materials with you as the scanning project progresses. A list of posts in this series can be found here.
“Shakai e no tabi” (Nara-shi: Nara Bunko, 1947) is a three volume set of social science textbooks edited by Nara Bunko. Chapter 7 in the third volume (Call No. 435-0016v_3), entitled “Yamato Country,” describes the different roles of staff in the Nara Prefectural offices. On pages 34-35, there is a map of the Prefectural Office and on the following page is the guide to who occupies offices on the map. One office is listed as the “Military Trial Office (M.P.).” The Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) examiner noted on the censorship document, “Here is a map of the Nara Prefectural Gov’t where the [ ] of the M.P. can be seen. This part should be deleted as indicating the location of Allied Forces.” “Pass” and “OK” were written on the front cover of the book, however, so it is unclear if this portion was actually deleted.