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A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots
A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973





ISBN 9780415805971
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
372 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

 
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This book offers a history of Japanese television audiences and the popular media culture that television helped to spawn. In a comparatively short period, the television industry helped to reconstruct not only postwar Japanese popular culture, but also the Japanese social and political landscape. During the early years of television, Japanese of all backgrounds, from politicians to mothers, debated the effects on society. The public discourse surrounding the growth of television revealed its role in forming the identity of postwar Japan during the era of high-speed growth (1955-1973) that saw Japan transformed into an economic power and one of the world's top exporters of television programming.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Japanese Television Culture  Introduction  Part 2: The History of Japanese Television Culture  1. Prewar Roots of Japanese Television Culture: Imperial Culture, Media Culture, and Radio  2. Postwar Media Culture and Japanese Encounters with TV  3. Pro Wrestling and Body Slams: Early TV as a Mass Event  4. Transforming the Nation: TV Takes Root in Japan (1957-1963)  Part 3: Japanese Interactions with Television  5. Television Spreads to the Countryside  6. Intellectuals Debate TV: Oya's "Hundred Million Idiots" and Kato's "Television Culture"  7. Protecting the Children and Cleaning Up TV  8. Politics as Spectacle: Parades, Pageantry and Protests  9. Anpo Redux: University Riots and a Hostage Crisis  10. America in Japanese Television: Family Dramas and Cowboys  11. After the American Boom: Japanese TV Gains its Independence  Part 4: The Meaning of the Japanese Television Nation  Epilogue: Fractured Television Nation 

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Jayson Makoto Chun, raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an assistant professor of history at the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu.