The new online exhibition : “Fanning The Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan” at Hoover Institution Library & Archives is now available!


The Hoover Institution at Stanford University has just released the new online exhibition, “Fanning The Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan”. (October 5, 2021)
Please enjoy the breadth and depth of this colorful online exhibition by a group of experts.

Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan presents visual testimony, supported by cutting-edge scholarly research, to demonstrate the power of graphic propaganda and its potential to reach broad audiences without raising their consciousness perhaps to dangerous effect. The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is pleased to present a curated selection of compelling material on the history of modern Japanese propaganda from our rich collections. Central to this project are fresh academic perspectives on select topics. We were fortunate to receive contributions from the world’s top scholars in the fields of Chinese history, the Japanese military, the media, intelligence, and art history.

This ambitious project encompasses the Meiji Era (1868–1912) through to the Pacific theater of World War II (1941–45), a period of increasingly intense propaganda activities in the Empire of Japan. By studying multiple types of graphic media over time, we hope to better understand underlying themes and discover the unique nature of Japanese propaganda from one historical moment to another, as well as its continuity over time. The theses generated by the contributors highlight not only the top-down delivery of propaganda, its pervasive influence on ordinary people, particularly young children, and the muscle of the media, but also grassroots participation in the consumption of propaganda.

Professor Kishi of our CSEAS institution has also contributed to the book, as well as to online event  and online exhibition.

–Book: Kaoru Ueda ed., Fanning The Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, Hoover Institution Press, 2021, Chapter 3 & 6

–Online Talk: ”“War Fever” as Fueled by the Media and Popular Culture: The Path Taken by Meiji Japan’s Policies of “Enrich the Country” and “Strengthen the Armed Forces”

–Online Story Map: “Port Arthur: An Eternal Sacred Space War Monuments as Symbols of Propaganda”