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Exhibiting a new Japan: the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 and Expo '70 in Osaka

Wilson, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8341-3120 (2012) Exhibiting a new Japan: the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 and Expo '70 in Osaka. Historical Research, 85 (227). pp. 159-178.

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Using official materials and media commentary, this article examines two large-scale spectacles and their implications for post-war Japanese nationalism. Discursively, the Olympics and the World Exposition presented a clear vision of Japan: as a nation at the forefront of the international scene, fit to act as a champion of the non-Western world and firmly unified internally. In concrete ways, the two events strengthened the process of national integration that was gathering pace in the nineteen-sixties, especially through the provision of new networks of transport and communications. They also helped to rehabilitate the post-war Japanese state, so that it could more readily be seen as a benign entity devoted to the national interest and the people's welfare. The article illuminates a key moment in the emergence of new national self-images and in the construction of national life in post-war Japan.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Basil Blackwell
Copyright: © 2011 Institute of Historical Research
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