Occupation kids’ books to be filmed

The National Diet Library will put on microfilm about 10,000 children’s books from a U.S. collection of material published in Japan during the Allied Occupation.

The library, in Tokyo’s Nagata-cho district, is requesting 114 million yen for its fiscal 2005 budget to copy the publications from the Gordon W. Prange Collection at the University of Maryland. The library hopes to make the microfilm available to the public in about two years.

The books are part of a comprehensive collection of publications issued in Japan between 1945 and 1949, including books, newspapers, news agency photos, maps and other material screened by the Occupation forces.

During the 1945-1952 Occupation, Japanese agencies and citizens had to submit publications to a censorship unit to determine if the material violated the Press Code.

Microfilm of newspapers and magazines from the collection is already available at the Diet library.