Baseball and the Occupation of Japan

America’s Pastime as a Tool to Promote Social Values

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About the Book

During the postwar occupation of Japan, U.S. officials engaged in cultural diplomacy on a grand scale, encouraging the public to watch and play that most American of sports, baseball. Japanese martial arts were prohibited on grounds that they promoted pre-war militaristic values. Throughout Japan, the U.S. Civil Information and Education (CIE) section sponsored films promoting “democratic” ideals, often through sports. Among the stars was Jackie Robinson, who in opening baseball to African Americans was thought to embody the integrity of American society. His sporting exploits and triumphs over racism were broadcast over Voice of America and printed in popular publications, ensuring widespread exposure to his story and to the sport.

About the Author(s)

Takeshi Tanikawa is a visiting professor of film history and media studies at the Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, as well as freelance cinema journalist and film critique for over two decades. He worked for Nippon Herald Film Co. for eight years, and then he has published many Japanese books and papers both in academia and journalism.

Bibliographic Details

Takeshi Tanikawa
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6644-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2961-2
Imprint: McFarland