Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
"Don't Sell Salt Illegally. Make an Effort to Deliver All Your Production
to the Government," 1949.
Offset print, 52.3 X 36.6 cm.
Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo
Following the death in 1947 of a Tokyo district court judge
from malnutrition owing to his refusal to eat any foods that had been purchased
on the black market, the government launched a campaign against illegal
trading. Tobacco and salt, which had been government monopolies since 1898
and 1905 respectively, were frequent black market commodities, and the government
agency responsible for them, the Senbaikyoku (from 1949 to 1985 established
as Nihon Senbai Kosha) produced a number of posters, including this one,
and "Don't Sell Salt Illegally. The World Is
Monitoring Salt," 1950, urging citizens to comply with government
courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution