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.

chapter 1|7 pages

Understanding Japan through the lens of Tokyo 2020

ByBarbara Holthus, Isaac Gagné, Wolfram Manzenreiter, Franz Waldenberger
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chapter 2|4 pages

Olympics and the media

ByWolfram Manzenreiter
Size: 0.93 MB

chapter 3|1 pages


“F*** the Olympics”
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
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chapter 4|5 pages

Political Games

ByAxel Klein
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chapter 5|7 pages

Number Games

The economic impact of Tokyo 2020
ByFranz Waldenberger
Size: 0.67 MB

chapter 6|1 pages


New sport on the block
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
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chapter 7|6 pages

Advertising the Games

Sponsoring a new era
ByIsaac Gagné
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chapter 8|1 pages


Bowing to the Olympics in style
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
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chapter 9|6 pages

Herculean efforts

What the construction of the Olympic Stadium reveals about working conditions in Japan 1
BySteffen Heinrich
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chapter 10|7 pages

Tokyo 2020 and neighborhood transformation

Reworking the entrepreneurial city
ByRalph Lützeler
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chapter 11|1 pages

Ho(s)t city

Tokyo’s fight against the summer heat
ByJan Lukas Kuhn
Size: 0.26 MB

chapter 12|5 pages

Tokyo’s architecture and urban structure

Change in an ever-changing city
ByFlorian Purkarthofer
Size: 0.94 MB

chapter 13|2 pages

Success story

The 1964 Tokyo Olympics
ByTorsten Weber
Size: 0.90 MB

chapter 14|5 pages

San’ya 2020

From building to hosting the Tokyo Olympics
ByHanno Jentzsch
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chapter 15|1 pages


One more homer for Japan
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
Size: 0.26 MB

chapter 16|5 pages

Outdoor sports in the periphery

Far from the compact games
ByDaniel Kremers
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chapter 17|1 pages


Taken with a grain of salt
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
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chapter 18|7 pages

Tokyo’s 1940 “Phantom Olympics” in public memory

When Japan chose war over the Olympics
ByTorsten Weber
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chapter 19|7 pages

Upgrading Tokyo’s linguistic infrastructure for the 2020 Games

ByPeter Backhaus
Size: 1.23 MB

chapter 20|1 pages

Sexual minorities and the Olympics

ByMaki Hirayama
Size: 0.26 MB

chapter 21|7 pages

The Paralympic Games

Enabling sports and empowering disability
ByKatharina Heyer
Size: 0.71 MB

chapter 22|1 pages

Sex in the city

ByMaki Hirayama
Size: 0.26 MB

chapter 23|6 pages

Games of romance?

Tokyo in search of love and Unity in Diversity
ByNora Kottmann
Size: 0.33 MB

chapter 24|2 pages

The 2020 Olympic mascot characters

Japan wants to make a difference
ByJan Lukas Kuhn
Size: 0.89 MB

chapter 25|6 pages

Olympic education

How Tokyo 2020 shapes body and mind in Japan
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
Size: 1.15 MB

chapter 26|1 pages

Sex in the Village

ByMaki Hirayama
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chapter 27|6 pages

Volunteering Japan-style

“Field cast” for the Tokyo Olympics
ByBarbara Holthus
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chapter 28|6 pages

The difference between zero and one

Voices from the Tokyo anti-Olympic movements
BySonja Ganseforth
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chapter 29|2 pages

Beyond 2020

Post-Olympic pessimism in Japanese cinema
ByJan Lukas Kuhn
Size: 0.70 MB

chapter 30|6 pages

Tokyo 2020 from the regional sidelines

ByIsaac Gagné
Size: 0.76 MB

chapter 31|6 pages

Olympic leverages

The struggle for sustainable food standards
BySonja Ganseforth
Size: 0.33 MB

chapter 32|6 pages

Security for the Tokyo Olympics

BySebastian Polak-Rottmann
Size: 0.71 MB

chapter 33|1 pages

The Olympic and Paralympic Games as a technology showcase

ByFranz Waldenberger
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chapter 34|4 pages

Tokyo 2020

Connecting the past with the future
ByWolfram Manzenreiter
Size: 0.27 MB