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Visualizing Postwar Tokyo
Shunya Yoshimi, The University of Tokyo
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Post-War Americanization in Tokyo
Notes taken on November 14, 2015 by Edward Tanguay
sudden Americanization process
Anglo-Japanese Conversation Manual
short and small book
became a best-seller, sold 3.6 million copies
basic American conversation
Radio Program: "Come Come English"
Radio Program: "News From America"
Comic Book: "Blondie"
American exhibitions
the most effective method of Americanization process
films were a corroboration between CIE (Center for International Exchange) and Japanese filmmakers
e.g. a film in which two Japanese students visit an American's house to see how they live
how they shop
their ideal kitchens
showed contrasts between American and Japanese kitchens
young women were shown this film to give them images of the American way of life
the American way of life was promoted during the occupational era
in 1950s and 1960s, statistics and surveys showed that Japanese people became more and more pro-American
and continued to grow from 1970 to today
different from the affinity to China
in the 1950s Japanese people preferred Chinese way of life as much as the American way of life, but preference for the Chinese way of life decreased steadily
among Asian countries, Japanese anti-Chinese sentiment is very strong
in Tokyo there is a Disneyland and Statue of Liberty
why are Japanese people so continuously pro-American
1. American mass culture
also strong in South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asian countries
2. democracy and economic support
but this was 50 years ago
3. America had a very strong influence on reforming Japanese culture after the war
but many other countries also had this impact without such a positive view of America
4. continuity of Imperial consciousness
American power allowed Japan to reconstruct a kind of imperial identity if Japanese society
Japanese imperial regime continued and reconstructed itself during the Cold War era