Scholarship and Sports Diplomacy: the Cases of Japan and the United Kingdom

J. Simon Rofe , Verity Postlethwaite

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This article explores scholarship regarding diplomatic processes and actors engaged in recent international sport events hosted by the United Kingdom and Japan. The article points to the range of actors involved, focusing on organizing committees, and assesses the effectiveness of sports diplomacy at a range of levels that go beyond a focus on the state. It uses international sport events documentation, global media archives, and public and private comments related to the United Kingdom and Japan. The article addresses three key issues: 1) Olympic-dominant discourse: the dominance and shift in process between hosting an Olympic Games and onto other events; 2) Western-dominant discourse: the differences between Japan and the UK in demonstrating distinct “East” and “West” sports diplomacy approaches; 3) State-dominant discourse: the role of knowledge exchange and elite networks that transcend the state and involve a range of different actors, such as the organizing committee.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-385
Number of pages23
JournalDiplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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