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Marathon Japan: Distance Racing and Civic Culture

Thomas R. H. Havens


Japanese have been fervid long-distance runners for many centuries. Beginning with the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, the Japanese government used athletics, especially the marathon, to continue its Meiji-era project of achieving parity with the world powers. During the 1920s and 1930s Japanese men regularly produced the fastest marathon times in the world, a source of government satisfaction, media hype, and national pride. Japanese men again dominated world marathoning in the 1960s and late 1970s-1980s. Japanese women likewise emerged as some of the world’s fastest in the 1990s and early 2000s. Me ... More

Keywords: marathon, ekiden relays, Japan, nationalism, media, sports, civic culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824841010
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824841010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas R. H. Havens, author
Northeastern University