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Marathon JapanDistance Racing and Civic Culture$
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Thomas R. H. Havens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841010

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841010.001.0001

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The Culture of Running in Japan

The Culture of Running in Japan

(p.1) 1 The Culture of Running in Japan
Marathon Japan

Thomas R. H. Havens

University of Hawai'i Press

Sports, including distance races, are big business in Japan’s commodified consumer culture today. Mass media, the government, and private corporations have sponsored marathons and ekiden relays since the 1910s, and university track teams are seedbeds of athletic excellence. Since the 1990s certain top elite runners have turned professional; at the same time general runners have taken up road racing for fitness, stress reduction, self-esteem, and because marathons are considered stylish and fun, sources of both personal pride and civic identity. Japan’s infrastructure of school, university, and corporate teams, overseen by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations and the Japan Olympic Committee, is considered the world’s best support system for distance racing.

Keywords:   Japan, sports, marathon, ekiden, commodification, media, corporation, university, identity

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