Article ID: 201826
This study focuses on the Hotokukai, an auxiliary organization of the Ministry of Home Affairs, and aims to clarify the concept of the promotion of physical education for the Young Men’s Association planed by the Hotokukai. First, the Hotokukai sought to encourage physical education for young people to cultivate physical strength and contribute to manual labor. Characteristic of the view of physical education in Hotokukai youth education was the encouragement of physical education that benefitted lives through the link between labor and physical education. To investigate methods of encouraging physical education, the Hotokukai held conferences on matters to be executed with respect to such encouragement. The conferences were attended by Hotokukai trustees and external experts on physical education, education, and medicine. Finally, the Hotokukai compiled the results of these conferences and published matters to be executed with respect to encouraging physical education in Shimin. These matters to be executed listed details of concepts related to physical education for the citizens of the country and physical education in schools, as well as concepts to encourage physical education in the Young Men’s Association.