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The essence of being Japanese

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Summary:Japan in the modern age: a people existing between the protection of the kami and the geological dangers of earthquake. This program covers the cataclysmic events of the 20th century--the devastating earthquake of 1923, the rise of militarism, the accession of Emperor Hirohito, the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, the Pacific War, Hiroshima, and the American occupation of Japan--but its primary focus in on what makes Japan Japanese: the Shinto rituals which are part of modern mercantile life; such societal traits as conformism and determination, attitudes toward violence and brutality, business ethics and the life of the salary man, the attitude toward ethics, and the role of the kami in modern Japan. Originally produced in 1985 for the French series: Japon, le rêve et l'histoire. English version produced in 1989.
Creator:Antoine, Jean
Contributor:Lanchester, Robert
Provider:Films for the Humanities (Firm)
Société nationale de télévision en couleur "Antenne 2."
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Geographical subject – Continent:Asia
Geographical subject – Country:Japan
Topical subjects:National characteristics, Japanese
Japan -- History -- 20th century
Japan -- Civilization -- 20th century
Japan -- Foreign relations -- 20th century
Genre:Historical television programs
Educational television programs
Documentary television programs
Credits:A co-production of Antenne 2 ... [et al.] ; written and directed by Jean Antoine ; narrator, Robert Lanchester.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Government, Law, Politics
War, Military
Personal and Family Lives
Films@UM Browse terms:Japan
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