This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).
On May 9, 1948, Boeki Nippo submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, “邦人漁夫を迎へて：優秀な技術が買わる [Siam Invites Japanese Fishermen] (Prange Call No. 48-loc-1157). Mainichi Shimbun submitted an article covering the same news (“招かれる日本漁夫 シャムカら技術員に”) (Prange Call No. 48-loc-1157a). Both articles were “held” at first, but later passed.
According to the Boeki Nippo article, many Japanese fishermen (mainly Okinawans) were in Southeast Asia (particularly in Singapore) before the end of the war. Though the Peace Treaty had not yet been signed, the Siamese government was asking the Japanese government for permission to invite Japanese fishermen as “technical fishing experts” for training purposes.
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.