Philosophy of sport and physical education in Japan: Its history, characteristics and prospects

Takayuki Hata, Masami Sekine

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In this article, we examine philosophy of sport as a field of study in Japan, its history, characteristics, and future prospects, as part of a contribution to the international development of the discipline of sport philosophy. The Japan Society for the Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education has been holding an annual sport philosophy conference every year since its inception in 1978. Nevertheless, the trends of sport philosophy in Japan have not been conveyed abroad. The language barrier between Japanese and English as an international communication tool makes it difficult to spread our work on the philosophy of sport throughout the world. The question arises as to whether the philosophy of sport in Japan has the same trends as those in the Western countries. Is it reasonable to assume that it has different aspects and interests than philosophy of sport in English-speaking countries? We will also try to address these questions for our audience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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