This week, we’re starting a series on the history of the Olympic movement in Japan. How did Japan get involved in the Olympics? What factors drove Japanese participation? And what ever happened to Japan’s first attempt to host the Olympic games — the 1940 Olympics that never were.
Kruger, Arnd and William Murray. The Nazi Olympics: Sports, Politics, and Appeasement in the 1930s.
Abel, Jessamyn R. “Ultranationalism, People’s Diplomacy, and the Phantom Tokyo Olympics.” in The International Minimum: Creativity and Contradiction in Japan’s Global Engagement, 1933-1964.
Guttmann, Allen and Lee Thompson. Japanese Sports: A History.
Holthus, Barbara, Isaac Gagne, and Franz Waldenberger. Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics.