This post is a part of continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).
On November 1, 1947, Nihon Keizai Shimbun submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) about the increased cultivation of sugar cane in Okayama, Hiroshima, Kagawa, and Tokushima Prefectures. (Prange Call No. 47-loc-1520) According to the article, many farmers were converting their rice and wheat fields to sugar cane fields. Rice and wheat were strictly controlled and rationed by the government, and sugar cane could easily be sold on the black market in the Kansai area at a much higher price. Several passages in the article were marked for deletion, particularly where it mentioned the price of sugar on the black market.
Click on the images below to read the CCD document associated with this article. The digital images of the Japanese galley proof with the headline, “甘い汁を吸いたがる農家 良田もつぶしてふえる砂糖きびの栽培,” are available onsite in the Prange Collection and in the National Diet Library of Japan’s Digital Collection.