The influence of Kano Jigoro: from higher education to the Japanese Olympic movement

Helen Symons, Taro Obayashi

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Kano Jigoro was the first Asian member of the Olympic Committee. He was responsible for setting up JAAA (Japan Amateur Athletic Association) in the early 1900s, and for getting the first Japanese athlete to the competition in 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Olympic Games. His background in education (President of Tokyo Higher Normal School, role in the Ministry of education) in collaboration with his founding of judo, meant that he had a unique influence over Japan's entrance to the global sporting stage. It is the foundation of these initial movements into the Olympic sphere that has set up a distinctive system of sport in Japan. This chapter will discuss the early influence of Kano Jigoro and how he is still influencing Japan's Olympic involvement over a century later through both the Olympic Games as well as through higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sport and Japan
EditorsHelen Macnaughtan, Verity Postlethwaite
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Print)9789048561056
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameHandbooks on Japanese Studies
PublisherAmsterdam University Press

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