By Jayson Makoto Chun
This publication bargains 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, jap of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the consequences on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv published its position in forming the id of postwar Japan throughout the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan remodeled into an monetary energy and one of many world's most sensible exporters of tv programming.
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Only Meiji-tenno and his Empress are wearing Shinto-style garments in the picture. ‘We decided that it must be a custom that was established rather recently and were both convulsed with laughter. ‘Look at her hair-do and the open neck. She is dressed just like you,’ she exclaimed. I suggested politely that I have no such beautiful jewels. ’ No, no, we shouldn’t,’ she said, but laughter got the better of her. ‘If the policeman were to hear us, he would tie me up and throw me in prison. ’ I said I thought we were safe.
The rapid urbanization of Japan from the 1950s through the 1960s played a major role in stimulating the growth of this mass culture. The postwar period saw the revival of cities and the remarkable transformation of the Tōkaidō Belt into a megalopolis. In 1950, one third of all Japanese resided in the major cities of the Tōkaidō Belt. Only a mere fifteen years later in 1965, one half of Japanese lived in these cities, which covered barely 2% of Japan’s total land area. 16 Alongside its dominance as the social, economic, and political center of Japan, Tokyo also turned into the electronic “virtual” center of Japan.
12 Keenly aware of the power of radio to disseminate imperial culture in mind, the government rushed plans for a national radio network into place, and completed the network on November 6, 1928, the day of Emperor Hirohito’s enthronement ceremony. 13 We should not overestimate the effectiveness of these early radio events. Only 3% of households at the time of the funeral owned a radio, still a new technology. Because radio was still a new and expensive medium out of financial reach of most Japanese, institutions such as radio shops and newspaper companies allowed others to listen to their high-powered receivers14 Because the audience always had the power to interpret radio messages, we do not have a completely clear picture of the diversity of responses to the broadcasts of the emperor’s enthronement.
'A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots'?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953-1973 (East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology, Culture) by Jayson Makoto Chun