Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics - Open Access Publication


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed to 2021, but the book is published as planned and all the more relevant! Download your free copy or read it online: doi.org/10.4324/9781003033905

This book situates the Tokyo Olympics within the social, economic, and political challenges facing contemporary Japan.

Using the Tokyo Olympics as a lens into the city and the country as a whole, the stellar line up of contributors offer hidden insights and new perspectives on the Games. These include city planning, cultural politics, financial issues, language use, security, education, volunteerism, and construction work. The chapters then go on to explore the many stakeholders, institutions, citizens, interest groups, and protest groups involved, and feature the struggle over Tokyo’s extreme summer heat, food standards, the implementation of diversity around disabilities, sexual minorities, and technological innovations. Giving short glimpses into the new Olympic sports, this book also analyses the role of these sports in Japanese society.

Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics will be of huge interest to anyone attending the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It will also be useful to students and scholars of the Olympics and the sociology of sport, as well as Japanese culture and society.

The full reference:

Holthus, B., Gagné, I., Manzenreiter, W., Waldenberger, F. (eds.).
2020   Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003033905.

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