A used bookstore owner in York, Nebraska found more than 1000 pages of correspondence written by Elizabeth Ryan, a woman who lived in occupied Japan after World War 2. In letters to her family, Ryan wrote in detail about the daily lives of US service members in Kobe and Tokyo. She had been working as a court reporter for the inspector general of SCAP in Kobe at the age of 31. There were also 250 black-and-white photos.
Ryan wrote about how common venereal disease and juvenile delinquency were in occupied Japan. She also talked about how over 120 mixed-race babies were left at an orphanage in Yokohama, the result of affairs between US servicemen and Japanese women. An excerpt:
The social problem of VD —
one that is hush-hush at home and in polite civilized circles, is
common talk here. A unit is given a commendation when it goes for
several weeks without any new cases of VD. Can you imagine the Army requiring dance hall
hostesses be examined at the dispensary twice a week — to be sure they
are not infecting the boys?