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Nuclear Imagery and Cultural Meanings of the Atomic Bomb in the Occupied Japan

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This paper explores cultural meanings of the atomic bomb in
immediately postwar Japan by examining popular culture and public
discourse. The paper demonstrates, despite later strongly
anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan, popular culture, articles in popular
magazines, discourse of Japanese intellectuals saw the atomic bomb
favorably, displaying more admiration than abhorrence to the power of
the bomb. The main focus of the analysis in this paper is science
fiction comics by Yokoi Fukujiro and Tezuka Osamu as well as a
juvenile novel by Suzuki Satoshi. The paper also explores various
cultural products that appeared during the occupation period, such as
school newspapers, labor union bulletins, and advertisements, as well
as publications by physicists such as Taketani Mituo and Nishina
Yoshio Then the paper discusses how this happened. In addition to
relative constraints on circulation of information under the
censorship during the US occupation, many Japanese, including
scientists and left-wing intellectuals, endorsed a very strong
optimism about science and technology. Thus they saw the atomic bomb
as rightful power of scientific and political advancement and
nuclear power as a basis of their hope for future prosperity.
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Ito, Kenji. "Nuclear Imagery and Cultural Meanings of the Atomic Bomb in the Occupied Japan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p421248_index.html>

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Ito, K. "Nuclear Imagery and Cultural Meanings of the Atomic Bomb in the Occupied Japan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p421248_index.html

Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: This paper explores cultural meanings of the atomic bomb in
immediately postwar Japan by examining popular culture and public
discourse. The paper demonstrates, despite later strongly
anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan, popular culture, articles in popular
magazines, discourse of Japanese intellectuals saw the atomic bomb
favorably, displaying more admiration than abhorrence to the power of
the bomb. The main focus of the analysis in this paper is science
fiction comics by Yokoi Fukujiro and Tezuka Osamu as well as a
juvenile novel by Suzuki Satoshi. The paper also explores various
cultural products that appeared during the occupation period, such as
school newspapers, labor union bulletins, and advertisements, as well
as publications by physicists such as Taketani Mituo and Nishina
Yoshio Then the paper discusses how this happened. In addition to
relative constraints on circulation of information under the
censorship during the US occupation, many Japanese, including
scientists and left-wing intellectuals, endorsed a very strong
optimism about science and technology. Thus they saw the atomic bomb
as rightful power of scientific and political advancement and
nuclear power as a basis of their hope for future prosperity.


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