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- [Kaiho : minshu toitsu sensen no tameno sentoteki taishushi].

 1462377425,
Tokyo, Kaihosha, March 1946. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 96pp, b/w illustrations. A bit rumpled, less than expected browning of the cheap paper; quite a good copy. ¶ No. 1 and all published of this troublemaking red magazine that carried the title in English: 'The Emancipaton (The Kaiho) The Combative Enlightening Magazine for Promoting the Victory of the Peoples Front.' [sic] After some tight and dangerous years Japan's communists - those not killed or disgraced by their apostasy from prison - could come out from under their beds but American occupied Japan was no welcome red resort. This early and abrupt bit of red defiance appeared in time for the April 1946 general election in which the communist party won six seats and the socialists a healthy 96 seats. The socialists even formed government for a brief heady period. During the war and for a few minutes after, Japanese communists were seen as allies but this magazine is exactly the sort of thing that soured the friendship. Officially there was no censorship in occupied Japan but likewise, officially all those plutocrat war criminals were purged from government and business. The Civil Censorship Detachment of the occupying forces censored everything they could find. Worldcat finds no copies of this and I find only the NDL copy.
AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 224.75 US$ 256.62 | £UK 200 | JP¥ 28915] Book number 10284

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