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Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture by Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin

By Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin

This quantity is masterful in treating eastern idol tradition with the seriousness it merits. Scholarly and astute, the essays therapeutic massage all of the edges of a phenomenon that's capitalism's famous person picture: idols valued for an charisma that trades among authenticity and the artifice of media/commodity creation. From scandal to spectacle, Johnny's to AKB48, the K-wave to digital video games, jap idols breed interest-affective up to financial. This quantity fantastically captures the complexity with which jap idols were produced and ate up, enjoyed and spurned, in postwar (and now submit postwar) Japan.
--Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke college, united states, and writer of Millennial Monsters

Idols and megastar in eastern Media tradition is going past the terrain of lady idols in addition to seriously interpreting enthusiasts and otaku. Alert to omnipresent consumerism, this quantity deftly navigates geographical regions of virtuality and delusion. Overseen via editors Galbraith and Karlin, the celebrity-fetish intersects the following with ideology and intimacy, advertisements and activism, sexuality and scandal. An informative and compelling tackle jap media culture.
--Matt Hills, Reader in Media and Cultural reports at Cardiff collage, united kingdom, and writer of Fan Cultures

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What broke down on the scene to allow the behavior of Japanese soldiers to escape so totally the restraints that govern most human conduct? Why did the Japanese officers permit and even encourage such a breakdown? What was the complicity of the Japanese government? At the very least, what was its reaction to the reports it was getting through its own channels and to what it was hearing from foreign sources on the scene? To answer these questions we must begin with a little history. The twentieth-century Japanese identity was forged in a thousand-year-old system in which social hierarchy was established and sustained through martial competition.

Time did not erode the strength of the bushido ethic, which first emerged in the eighteenth century and was practiced to extremes in the modern age. During World War II the infamous kamikaze suicide missions, in which Japanese pilots ceremoniously trained to fly their planes directly into American ships, dramatically impressed upon the West how ready the young men of Japan were to sacrifice their lives for the emperor. But it was more than a small elite group that held to the view of death over surrender.

Including the surrounding of Nanking,” but the military withheld his name and photograph from publication at the time. ” Little was spared on the path to Nanking. Japanese veterans remember raiding tiny farm communities, where they clubbed or bayoneted everyone in sight. But small villages were not the only casualties; entire cities were razed to the ground. Consider the example of Suchow (now called Suzhou), a city on the east bank 37 38 THE RAPE OF NANKING of Tai Hu Lake. One of the oldest cities of China, it was prized for its delicate silk embroidery, palaces, and temples.

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