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?