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Dr. Oliver L. Austin headed the Wildlife Branch of the Fisheries Division in the Natural Resources Section (NRS) for SCAP from 1946 to the end of 1949. He was honored as one of only two members of the US Occupation of Japan who received a personal commendation for meritorious civilian service by General Douglas MacArthur. During his nearly four years in Japan, Austin produced almost 1,000 well-preserved color photographic slides of postwar Japan under reconstruction: highlights include American expatriate life, rare photographs of Crown Prince Akihito as a child, ordinary Japanese families in Tokyo and the countryside, and Japanese veterans purveying street entertainments. The images reveal high artistic quality and composition while they provide a glimpse into an important era in US-Japan relations. His son Tony, who served as the conversational English partner of Crown Prince Akihito, the current Emperor of Japan, donated this remarkable collection.