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'A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots': A Social History of by Jayson Makoto Chun

By Jayson Makoto Chun

This booklet bargains a historical past of jap tv audiences and the preferred media tradition that tv helped to spawn. In a relatively brief interval, the tv helped to reconstruct not just postwar jap pop culture, but additionally the japanese social and political panorama. throughout the early years of tv, eastern of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the results on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv printed its position in forming the id of postwar Japan through the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan remodeled into an financial energy and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.

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Radio served to mediate these two cultures. When television took off in the 1950s, it did so on the foundations built by radio. IMPERIAL CULTURE AND URBAN CONSUMER CULTURE IN PREWAR JAPAN Prewar broadcasting played a significant role in assisting the spread of a government-approved culture centered on the emperor. Surprisingly, the modern form of this imperial ideology originated with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. With the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the leaders of the new Meiji government discovered that they needed to transform Japan from a hodgepodge of domains ruled by local lords who pledged loyalty to the shogun into a unified, modern, western-style nation state ruled by a central government.

IMPERIAL CULTURE AND URBAN CONSUMER CULTURE IN PREWAR JAPAN Prewar broadcasting played a significant role in assisting the spread of a government-approved culture centered on the emperor. Surprisingly, the modern form of this imperial ideology originated with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. With the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the leaders of the new Meiji government discovered that they needed to transform Japan from a hodgepodge of domains ruled by local lords who pledged loyalty to the shogun into a unified, modern, western-style nation state ruled by a central government.

Many other Japanese, in the same manner as Shiga, had no idea what the emperor was saying and realized that Japan had surrendered not as a direct result of the emperor’s broadcast, but from other means like listening to the announcer’s subsequent explanation of the emperor’s speech, or through rumors from friends, family, or strangers. Dialect differences, government taboos on openly talking about surrender and a lack of visual cues that TV would’ve provided made it difficult to transmit information to people nationwide.

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