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Kabuki's Forgotten War1931-1945$
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James R. Brandon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832001

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832001.001.0001

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Kabuki Is a Luxury

Kabuki Is a Luxury


(p.262) Chapter Nine Kabuki Is a Luxury
Kabuki's Forgotten War

James R. Brandon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses events surrounding the world of kabuki in 1944. These include the Tōjō cabinet's draconian emergency measures aimed controlling labor, retail trade, finance, manufacturing, and war production as well as most social and cultural activity; additional theater regulations; the closure of large theaters; alternatives to commercial kabuki; kabuki's response to decrees and police regulations; the dearth of new plays; decline in playwriting contests; the Board of Information's fanatical propaganda campaign aimed at inspiring hostility toward the enemy and focused on the need to exploit the enemy's weaknesses; and continuous complaints about kabuki's failings.

Keywords:   kabuki theater, theater regulation, wartime Japan, draconian measures, playwriting, propaganda

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