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A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots


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Part 1: Introduction to Japanese Television Culture Introduction Part 2: The History of Japanese Television Culture 1. Prewar Roots of Japanese Television Culture: Imperial Culture, Media Culture, and Radio 2. Postwar Media Culture and Japanese Encounters with TV 3. Pro Wrestling and Body Slams: Early TV as a Mass Event 4. Transforming the Nation: TV Takes Root in Japan (1957-1963) Part 3: Japanese Interactions with Television 5. Television Spreads to the Countryside 6. Intellectuals Debate TV: Oya's "Hundred Million Idiots" and Kato's "Television Culture" 7. Protecting the Children and Cleaning Up TV 8. Politics as Spectacle: Parades, Pageantry and Protests 9. Anpo Redux: University Riots and a Hostage Crisis 10. America in Japanese Television: Family Dramas and Cowboys 11. After the American Boom: Japanese TV Gains its Independence Part 4: The Meaning of the Japanese Television Nation Epilogue: Fractured Television Nation

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Jayson Makoto Chun, raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an assistant professor of history at the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu.

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