Presenting Japan: The role of overseas broadcasting by Japan during the Manchurian Incident, 1931–7

Jane Robbins

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Most of the major world powers, including Japan, began experiments in overseas radio broadcasting during the 1920s. For many, such as Britain, the primary motivation was to communicate with their overseas colonies. For others, including Japan, the motivation was to promote cultural awareness, particularly among overseas populations. However, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria (Dongbei) in 1931 changed the course of overseas radio development in Japan. Japan became increasingly isolated, particularly after the League of Nations adopted the Lytton Report on Manchuria and urged Japan to withdraw her troops. Japan withdrew from the League, thus increasing her diplomatic isolation. The Japanese government now turned to overseas radio as a means to present the Japanese case in the absence of a recognized international voice in the League. This paper will trace the development of Japan’s overseas broadcasting following this shift in perspective and before the start of the full, undeclared war in China in 1937.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalJapan Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


  • Broadcasting
  • Japan
  • Manchuria
  • Nhk
  • Propaganda
  • Radio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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