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On this day in 1948… (January 18)

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

On January 18, 1948, Kyodo Tsushin submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, 火のような日本故国への情愛 : ハワイ日系市民の世論調査” [Hawaiian Citizens of Japanese Descent Reveal Burning Love for Japan in Opinion Survey].  Portions of the article were marked with “Delete” by the censor (Prange Call No. 48-loc-0243).

“The hope and the interest 360,000 residents in Hawaii of Japanese descent are showing toward Japan are beyond imagination.”  With this starting sentence, the article reports that the New Years issue of the Hawaii Times surveyed 110 Hawaii residents of Japanese descent.  43 people answered that the resumption of private foreign trade was the brightest news from the previous year (1947).

While the article is about the survey results, the censor was concerned with the article’s closing sentence, as well as a portion of the title.  The Japanese handwritten manuscript reveals that, “火のような日本故国への情愛,” was deleted from the title.  The last sentence was also deleted. It reads:

…いずれも故国日本に強い情愛をみせている [All replies show how deeply attached, indeed, these Hawaiian citizens of Japanese descent were to their mother country].

This article has been digitized. In addition to being available in digital form at the University of Maryland, it is also available onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.

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