Opening a storyline in the 2020 olympics

David Leheny*

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The Opening Ceremony under the guidance of popular film director Yamazaki Takashi will almost certainly earn it applause overseas, particularly by viewers and writers eager to take stock of a country’s creative talents in this once-every-four-years fantasia. As the stuff of international politics goes, it will be mostly inconsequential and harmless, and it will likely be good fun. But it also offers the chance to expl ore how a ceremony can reproduce moral and historical claims that remain largely unexamined, and how closed to challenge and contestation an Opening might be.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5344
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History
  • Cultural Studies


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