chapter  4
22 Pages

The Event, Japanese Style

Planning for the 1940 Tokyo games proved particularly difficult given the domestic and international climate of 1930s Japan. As the Japanese military campaigns in China

intensified, ideological debates over the appropriateness of hosting the Olympics emerged in Japan. While some Japanese authorities promoted the spiritual and patriotic benefits of hosting the Olympics, other argued that the games were to help foment Japanese

international goodwill. The debates over the ideological significance of the Tokyo Olympics and the impact these disputes had on organizing for the national event are

carefully addressed here.