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Architects of OccupationAmerican Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan$
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Dayna L. Barnes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703089

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703089.001.0001

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Information and Ignorance

Information and Ignorance

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Architects of Occupation

Dayna L. Barnes

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the role of media in postwar planning on Japan. Public relations and popular opinion are only a part of the story of how the media influenced American policy toward Japan. During World War II, the journalists, editors, politicians, and bureaucrats who published on this question were influential not just because of their connection to the reading public but also as a result of their ties to policymaking circles. As such, wartime publications—popular newspaper opinion columns, specialist book series, and journal articles—provided a source of information and analysis to policymakers. However, published material was not the only, or even the most important, connection between opinion leaders and policymakers on the Japan question. Media elites, bureaucrats, and politicians also shared ideas informally through telephone conversations, over dinners, and at social events.

Keywords:   public relations, popular opinion, media, American policy, policymaking circles, wartime publications, media elites, bureaucrats

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