Jazz Influence On Japan

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Jazz’s presence started to disappear a little during World War II. The Japanese state did not appreciate having the “enemy’s music” being played during a time of war. However, due to the Japanese unconditional surrender in 1945, the U.S. was given control over Japan when the Allied Powers divided outlying possession and started the U.S. military Occupation of Japan for ten years. The Occupation pursued “a policy of coerced Americanization” as stated by Atkins and was the first time Japan was heavily exposed and steeped in Jazz. The jazz music produced by the Japanese during this time became very symbolic of the issue national identity and developing a national identity for Japan postwar. The years of Occupation proved to be pivotal to jazz
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