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Baseball During World War II

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Baseball During World War II

I'm intersted in doing research on Japanese Baseball during World War II, specifically any government intervention into the game. I'm particularly interested in how the Japanese (government and civilians) viewed such a western cultural import and what steps, if any, they took to "purify" the game.

I know the Japanese government did a major crackdown on jazz and other wester-styled "pop culture" and entertainment, so I'm quite surpised that the only things that I've been able to find are the changing of the names (balls, strikes, etc).

Thank you for any of your help. Please e-mail jng at brown dot edu if you would like.

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