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By Jayson Makoto Chun

This ebook deals a background of eastern 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 eastern pop culture, but in addition the japanese social and political panorama. in the course of 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 identification of postwar Japan in the course of the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an monetary strength and one of many world's most sensible exporters of tv programming.

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Yet, governments across the world did not sponsor television research merely for the enlightenment of the populace, or even only for national honor. Of course, as with any new technology, governments quickly grasped the battlefield potential of television. 38 In 1939, perhaps with an eye towards justifying to the government the need to continue research on television during wartime, Takayanagi described the military applications of this new technology: Also, in a land war, from above in the airplanes, the condition of artillery sites and scattered enemy armies can be reported by the minute to military headquarters.

In a wartime purge of Western 30 “A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots”? influences, they selectively used the power of radio to either promote those Western influences they felt to be beneficial to the country, or to eradicate those that they felt could be harmful to Japanese culture. 30 The government used the powerful tool of radio in an effort to undo Western influence from media culture and Japanese minds. E. 32 As the war dragged on, radio broadcasting turned into one of the government’s main tools of wartime state control over people.

To understand this development, we need to scrutinize the development of commercial media culture in postwar Japan. Postwar Media Culture and Japanese Encounters with TV 41 POSTWAR URBANIZATION AND CONSUMER CULTURE The spread of a mass popular culture in the postwar era helped conceal the differences that threatened the unity of the Japanese nation-state. In the postwar media culture, advertisers characterized the new middle class increasingly by lifestyle (what you owned), not occupational status (what you did for a living).

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