By Jayson Makoto Chun

This ebook 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. through 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 position in forming the identification of postwar Japan in the course of the period of high-speed progress (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an monetary strength and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.

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26 Ryo Sayoshi also reported in the July 1939 issue of Chuō Kōron on Chamberlain’s televised message and used it as evidence that the British were the leaders in television broadcasting. ”27 Television could serve the state in a valuable way by helping to unify the nation. In 1937, Nakanishi Kingyo theorized in Hōsō magazine a surprisingly prescient vision of TV. The ability of centralized broadcast organizations to reach the individual featured prominently in his visualization of television: It will be a certainty that we can do live broadcasts of every sport.

Building on the common prewar theme of TV as a way to bridge long Prewar Roots of Japanese Television Culture 29 distances, he promoted it as a means to connect Japanese immigrants in distant parts of the world as far as Brazil: For example, there are things like the long-distance transmission of newspapers. Although the duplicates of each page of the central newspapers can be collected immediately on the spot and sent to a remote area, we cannot adequately send a whole page of a newspaper through conventional facsimile transmission.

This, it might be said, is a reason why different countries are competing to [build a television system]. Takayanagi also noticed that, according to a report in a British magazine, other nations had spent a huge sum of 300 million yen on television research. He asked why they were putting in this kind of effort: The British and Americans, besides increasing the welfare and convenience of the people through television, are putting much emphasis on the rapid formation of a new industry that can rival radio.

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