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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.

Print censorshipEdit

  • "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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