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Baseball and the Occupation of Japan : America's Pastime As a Tool to Promote Social Values

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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.
Genre: Sports + Recreation, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Takeshi Tanikawa
Language: English
Street Date: December 19, 2018
TCIN: 53076681
UPC: 9781476666440
Item Number (DPCI): 248-54-4159

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