I have added another book by Mark McLelland to my recommended prose listings. In fact I have now decided that when a new title by him is announced I'll just buy it, his books have been that informative.
Here is what I wrote on the recommended page:
McLelland, Mark J.
Love, Sex, and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation
The post WWII Allied Occupation of Japan is often blamed for modern censorship in Japan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the publications of that time would have been illegal in the US until the later 1960s and even 1970s. McLelland provides us with a great study of how the Japanese redefined gender relations and sex in the post war period after over 15 years of increasing censorship and suppression under the wartime government.