By Jayson Makoto Chun

This booklet deals a heritage of jap 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 additionally the japanese social and political panorama. through the early years of tv, jap of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the consequences on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv published its function in forming the id of postwar Japan through the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an financial strength and one of many world's most sensible exporters of tv programming.

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Thereupon, we can send the page of the newspaper via facsimile and at the place that receives it, a picture of the newspaper can be taken, for example in about an hour. In this manner, it can be duplicated, printed, and innumerable newspaper duplicates can be made. 28 Nakanishi expected TV to play a vital role in linking Japanese immigrants overseas with the media of the greater Japanese Empire. We could say that writers conceived of TV as a way of maintaining the Japanese identity of these immigrants.

PREWAR LEGACY OF RADIO The government’s thorough control of the medium left a legacy for television: a nationwide broadcast network and a public well acquainted with the concept of broadcasting. Ironically, radio achieved its greatest power to reach a nationwide mass audience and unite the nation in a moment Prewar Roots of Japanese Television Culture 33 of national simultaneity during the emperor’s surrender broadcast in August 15, 1945. During this broadcast, the announcer came on the air and said that the emperor had an important announcement for the people.

Rather than focusing on Asian lands, the author promised that Japanese could be in touch with European lands, implying that TV would allow them to be in touch with the West as well. The King writer portrayed television as more than just a fancy gimmick that let one see distant lands. Specifically, television had potential as a revolutionary way to transmit the news: Television does not just show scenery. It can also broadcast the events of the day as they happen. So, for example, if there is a big fire in a town, one can see that big fire as it happens.

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