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On this day in 1947… (September 25)

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

On September 25, 1947, multiple newspapers (Sekai Nippo, Jiji Shimpo, Kyodo Tsushin, Seiji Shimbun and Tokyo Times) submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) about the distribution of American tobacco.  All of the articles were suppressed.  (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0998, 0998a, 0998b, 0998c, 0998d)

The Sekai Nippo article with the headline (as translated by the censor), “American tobacco to Japanese houses: the numbers of regular distribution to be decreased,” reported that American tobacco, including 22,000,000 Camel cigarettes, would be released soon, thanks to the “Occupation Forces’ kindness.”   The rations at the time were 120 cigarettes/month per man and 30 cigarettes/month per woman.  Reduction of the rations was under consideration in order to sell some of the tobacco on the open market to increase revenue to the government (Call No. 47-loc-0998).  According to the article, “American tobacco to stores: the statement from the Director-general of the Monopoly Bureau,”  (headline also translated by the censor) submitted by Jiji Shimpo, “We…are thinking of selling them to consumers in general at proper prices and then supplying farmers with goods which they really need by the income gained, rather than doing such things as to release cigarettes to farmers.”  (Call No. 47-loc-0998a).

Below are the CCD documents that accompanied the Sekai Nippo article (Call No. 47-loc-0998).  The Japanese galley proofs and hand-written manuscripts from the other articles are 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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