SDHF Newsletter No. 22:『GHQ焚書図書開封』(西尾幹二著・徳間書店)第1部英訳発信

「発信する会」 茂木

Breaking the Seal on the GHQ Burned Books

The GHQ, the command center of the American occupation forces in Japan, make a
great deal about “freedom of speech” on the surface, but all reportage and
publications were subjected to a thorough prepublication censorship. Even
private letters were unsealed and read due to this censorship.
The GHQ’s control of the expression of people’s views did not stop there.
They undertook a book burning on a scale that one can’t help but compare it to
the infamous book burnings of the Nazis. Under the name of “propaganda
publications,” a total of 7,769 works published before the war were confiscated
for “burning.” In this essay, Prof. Nishio Kanji shines a light on exactly what
types of books were seized, and exactly how were they taken.
In short, the truth of the shock that the policy of the GHQ was the obliteration
of Japanese history and thought is here proclaimed to the world.

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MOTEKI Hiromichi
Deputy Chairman and Secretary General for Kase Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact