Meiji censorship (1900-1945)Edit
Published media and films were subject to censors in order to promote Fascist national unity.
- Insulting the Emperor
- Questioning the Constitution
- Undermining the proper use of the Japanese language (slang)
- Anything considered "Anglo-American" (fairly random)
Occupation censorship (1945-1950)Edit
On 5 October 1945, MacArthur began censoring Japanese newspapers. Unlike the Meiji censorship, newspapers were not allowed to black out the offending portions; indeed, mentioning the censorship was forbidden even in confidential conversations.
- "False" or "destructive" criticism of the Allies, even truthful reports of them picking up Japanese girls at docks, or reporting crimes committed by Americans
- Criticism of the treatment of Japanese in Manchuria
- Criticism of the Allies' wartime policies
- Comments suggesting the possibility of a World War III
- "Overplaying" widespread food shortages
- Movies deemed nationalistic or patriotic (nearly all prewar movies)
- Citizen Kane (apparently for portraying the United States negatively)
- Books, textbooks, fiction, etc. that were patrotic, nationalistic, or portrayed wartime generals in a positive light
- The Grapes of Wrath
- Lady Chatterley's Lover
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