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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan$
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Kirsten Cather

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835873

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.001.0001

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Dirt for Politics’ Sake

Dirt for Politics’ Sake

The Black Snow Trial (1965–1969)

(p.85) Chapter 3 Dirt for Politics’ Sake
The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Kirsten Cather

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the Black Snow trial, which established a revised template that took into account both the existence of a self-regulatory body like Eirin for film, as well as the inherent differences between the media of literature and film. Given that Black Snow is a politically and sexually explicit film about prostitutes set on the outskirts of a U.S. military base in Tokyo, the trial illuminates the complex relationship between regulating sex and regulating politics, and also between state censorship and Eirin censorship. The contentious preproduction censorship negotiations between the film’s director, Takechi Tetsuji, and Eirin influenced both the production of the film itself and its postproduction censorship trial by the state.

Keywords:   Black Snow, Eirin censorship, state censorship, Takechi Tetsuji, Eirin

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