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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 jap pop culture, but in addition the japanese social and political panorama. throughout 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 function in forming the identification of postwar Japan in the course of the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan remodeled into an fiscal strength and one of many world's most sensible exporters of tv programming.

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The paradigms of radio broadcasting transferred to TV broadcasting: serving the state by efficiently spreading culture to all parts of the nation. This prewar concept of television as an educational tool influenced postwar attitudes toward the new medium as well, so TV did not make its postwar debut to a public unaware of this new technology. First, a brief history of television development is in order. The development of television cannot be attributed to a single person, but the cumulative contributions of many inventors and scientists.

This turmoil may have stemmed from two contradictory yet simultaneous forces: the collapse of the imperial ideology that underpinned Imperial Japan and the persistence of key elements of this imperial ideology years after the end of empire. Much of the imperial ideology lost its grip on the people after the war. The occupation authorities (also referred to as SCAP, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers) implemented radical reforms to undo decades of imperial indoctrination. Along with the repudiation of empire came a reversal in opinion concerning ideologies and institutions that the prewar government deemed subversive of the empire.

With the regaining of national sovereignty, competing Japanese clashed over the future direction of the nation. CULTURAL POLITICS AND “CHOPPED-UP NATIONALISM” IN 1950S JAPAN Japanese TV debuted during a time of intense social turmoil and cultural divisions. To many observers, the nation seemed to totter on the edge of chaos in the years immediately following the Occupation. TV helped to reunify the nation and reestablish a cultural consensus. 7 These debates reflected a cultural clash over which direction Japanese should take in the future: to further reform society or to reconstitute the values that constituted the prewar polity.

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