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1964 Tokyo Olympics as post‐war / Shunya Yoshimi

Yoshimi, Shunya

This is an analysis of the historical continuity of the military‐cultural spatial formation of the Tokyo Olympic Games throughout the pre-war and post-war era. The sites that eventually became the basis for hosting the 1964 and 2020 Olympics had already materialized in the plan for the 1940 Olympics. This continuity from pre-war to post-war planning is reflected in the similar placement of venues, and their conversion from former military uses. So, the Olympics came to post-war Japan as a post-war event, in the strict sense of the word. The term post-war here refers foremost to the strategy of converting the social consciousness from war that accompanied reconstruction and economic growth.

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