Joanna Gorman graduated on the Dean's List with her B.A. in History from California State University, San Marcos in 2008 and is currently in her second year as a graduate student in History at CSUSM. She is also a Teaching Assistant for History 131, U.S. History 1877-present (Fall 2009 & is slated for Spring 2010).



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updated 15 Dec 2009


This website will discuss the role of censorship as part of the democratization process of Occupied Japan (1945-1952), as implemented by the United States government (particularly by SCAP or Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers).

Significance of this project

The United States government, in practicing censorship within the nascent democracy of Occupied Japan, was countering the First Amendment rights of the citizenry. SCAP's act of censoring media in Japan sheds light on the contradictions and/or hypocrises of how the United States government promoted democracy during the Occupation. An important historiographical question to ask is one that involves looking at the United States government during the Occupation of Japan: How does the censorship of media fit into the American ideal of democracy?