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Somatization of Politics and Politicization of Body -Japanese Sports Discourse and Democratization under American Occupation-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2020, (85), pp.85-101
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..85.202005.85
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : March 30, 2020
  • Accepted : April 24, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

Cho, Jung-min 1

1부경대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to examine the meaning of 'democracy' which GHQ intended to propagate to Japan after its defeat in war through the sports discourse. Although GHQ tried to internalize democracy through the physical education and institution, which is, however, exactly the same as the Japanese strategy to implant the idea of militarism during war. In addition, the Japanese Athletic Association which supported the government during war was disguised as a private organization and used as a media for consolidating the position of the contemporary Japanese emperor and facilitating the American occupation. As such, GHQ dominated Japan by pacifying the old regime including the Japanese emperor, rather than revamping the Japanese society. In other words, there was structural continuity between the Japanese emperor-centered political regime and the American occupation regime, consequently leading to a contradictory ideology, the 'Japanese emperor democracy'. This is a clue allowing us to structurally understand where such irony of 'democracy' in the modern Japanese society originates from.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.