Phoenix arisen: Japan as peaceful internationalist at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics

  title={Phoenix arisen: Japan as peaceful internationalist at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics},
  author={Paul Droubie},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={2309 - 2322}
  • Paul Droubie
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Political Science
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
The dominant discursive narrative at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics was that of Japan as a peaceful internationalist. No longer was it the aggressor and enemy of World War II. The post-war Constitution was the basis for this claim of a new Japan. The deployment of Japanese experiences as the only victims of atomic weapons buttressed Japan's moral claim to a new, ‘peaceful’ identity on the international stage, while providing rich material for domestic narratives of victimhood and suffering. It… 


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