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  • Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics


  • "This book situates the 2020 Tokyo Olympics within the social, economic and political challenges facing contemporary Japan. Using the 2020 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 2020. It will also be useful to students and scholars of the Olympics and the sociology of sport, as well as Japanese culture and society"-- Provided by publisher.


  • Gagné, Isaac, editor
  • Holthus, Barbara G., editor
  • Manzenreiter, Wolfram, editor
  • Waldenberger, Franz, 1961- editor
  • Routledge (Firm)

Created / Published

  • New York : Routledge, 2020.
  • © 2020.


  • Understanding Japan through the lens of Tokyo 2020 / Barbara Holthus, Isaac Gagné, Wolfram Manzenreiter, Franz Waldenberger -- Olympics and the media / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Skateboarding: "F*** the Olympics" / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Political games / Axel Klein -- Number games: The economic impact of Tokyo 2020 / Franz Waldenberger -- Climbing: New sport on the block / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Advertising the games: Sponsoring a new era / Isaac Gagné -- Karate: Bowing to the Olympics in style / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Herculean efforts: What the construction of the Olympic Stadium reveals about working conditions in Japan / Steffen Heinrich -- Tokyo 2020 and neighborhood transformation: Reworking the entrepreneurial city / Ralph Lützeler -- Ho(s)t city: Tokyo's fight against the summer heat / Jan Lukas Kuhn -- Tokyo's architecture and urban structure: Change in an ever-changing city / Florian Purkarthofer -- Success story: The 1964 Tokyo Olympics / Torsten Weber -- San'ya 2020: From building to hosting the Tokyo Olympics / Hanno Jentzsch -- Baseball/softball: One more homer for Japan / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Outdoor sports in the periphery: Far from the compact games / Daniel Kremers -- Surfing: Taken with a grain of salt / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Tokyo's 1940 "Phantom Olympics" in public memory: When Japan chose war over the Olympics / Torsten Weber -- Upgrading Tokyo's linguistic infrastructure for the 2020 Games / Peter Backhaus -- Sexual minorities and the Olympics / Maki Hirayama -- The Paralympic Games: Enabling sports and empowering disability / Katharina Heyer -- Sex in the city / Maki Hirayama -- Games of Romance? Tokyo in search of love and unity in diversity / Nora Kottmann -- The 2020 Olympic mascot characters: Japan wants to make a difference / Jan Lukas Kuhn -- Olympic education: How Tokyo 2020 shapes body and mind in Japan / Wolfram Manzenreiter -- Sex in the village / Maki Hirayama -- Volunteering Japan-style: "Field cast" for the Tokyo Olympics / Barbara Holthus -- The difference between zero and one: Voices from the Tokyo anti-Olympic movements / Sonja Ganseforth -- Beyond 2020: Post-Olympic pessimism in Japanese cinema / Jan Lukas Kuhn -- Tokyo 2020 from the regional sidelines / Isaac Gagné -- Olympic leverages: The struggle for sustainable food standards / Sonja Ganseforth -- Security for the Tokyo Olympics / Sebastian Polak-Rottmann -- The Olympic and Paralympic Games as a technology showcase / Franz Waldenberger -- Tokyo 2020: Connecting the past with the future / Round table discussion with Munehiko Harada, John Horne, Wolfram Manzenreiter.


  • -  Olympics--Economic aspects--Japan--Tokyo
  • -  Olympics--Planning
  • -  Olympics--Political aspects--Japan--Tokyo
  • -  Olympics--Security measures--Japan--Tokyo--Planning
  • -  Olympics--Social aspects--Japan--Tokyo
  • -  Popular culture--Japan--Tokyo
  • -  Japan--Social life and customs


  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.


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  • GV721.5

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  • 2019058164

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  • Unrestricted online access

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Chicago citation style:

Waldenberger, Franz, Editor, and Routledge. Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics. editeds by Gagné, Isaacitor, Holthus, Barbara G.Itor, and Manzenreiter, Wolframitor New York: Routledge, . ©, 2020. Image.

APA citation style:

Waldenberger, F. & Routledge, Gagné, I., Holthus, B. G. I. & Manzenreiter, W., eds. (2020) Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics. New York: Routledge, . ©. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Waldenberger, Franz, Editor, and Routledge. Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics. ed by Gagné, Isaacitor, Holthus, Barbara G.Itor, and Manzenreiter, Wolframitor New York: Routledge, . ©, 2020. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.