Audience studies during the Occupation of Japan?

Rob Buscher robbuscher at
Fri Aug 27 15:18:22 EDT 2010

Hello KineJapaners,

I am currently writing my Masters Thesis on US censorship of Japanese
film during the occupation, and I've hit a bit of a dead end in my
research. Based on the claims that Dr. Lars Sorensen makes in his 2009
book Censorship of Japanese Films During the U.S. Occupation of Japan, I
am trying to assess to what extent the politically subversive messages
snuck past the censors actually affected the viewing population at that
time (i.e. to what extent did they pick up on these messages, and did
they affect the way audience members perceived the US occupation). 

While I have enough historical documentation to back up many of the
claims that I would like to make, I cannot seem to find any studies
that have been conducted on audience perception from that time period,
which would more definitively prove my argument. Does someone on the
list know of any audience studies conducted in the 1940s or 1950s?
Japanese or English sources are fine. 

Thanks in advance,

Rob Buscher

MA Japanese Film Studies Candidate SOAS 		 	   		  
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