The 90's, episode 212: AN IMPRESSIONISTIC VIEW OF LIFE IN JAPAN
2:23 Trip to Japan by Jane Aaron. Aaron takes us to see Japan. 7:36 Jon Woronoff commentary by Eddie Becker. Woronoff, an author and businessman, talks about foreigners' misconceptions about Japan. The reason foreigners are fooled about Japan is because there are two levels of perception in Japan. One is called tatumai and it means illusion, or what one likes to consider things being. The other is called honei and it means truth, or the way things actually are in practice. When the Japanese speak to foreigners they speak tatamai - they say that things look better than they really are, that everything in Japan is harmonious, tranquil and peaceful. When they speak to Japanese, they speak honei - that is, they speak the truth and this is the way it is in their written articles and in the television media. 10:50 The Zenshuji Zendeko Drummers by Nancy Cain. A team of Japanese boys play drums in Los Angeles. 11:13 Japanese-American Internment. A look back at the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Featuring a vintage propaganda film starring Ronald Reagan and later footage of him offering reparations to the victims of internment. Frank Emi remembers this dark period of American history. Our Civil Rights were stripped away even though Naval Intelligence and FBI had completely cleared Japanese-Americans of any espionage. He remembers that even liberal politicians like Earl Warren jumped on the bandwagon. Reagan's pardon took over 40 years...it took too long! yes, but you'd have to research the propaganda film 16:19 The Zenshuji Zendeko Drummers by Nancy Cain. 23:18 Trip to Japan by Jane Aaron. In Hiroshima, Aaron searches for a Western-style toilet. 25:44 Paul Igasaki commentary by Eddie Becker. Igasaki warns of a resurgence of anti-Japanese prejudice or Japan bashing in the United States. 27:44 May 1990 commercial by the Tri-State Pontiac Dealers Association urging Americans not to buy Japanese cars. 2 8:15 Paul Igasaki commentary by Eddie Becker. Igasaki shows us examples of anti-Japanese imagery in American advertising. 29:42 Oklahoma commercial. Businessmen from Chickasha, OK, advertise free land to Japanese businessmen to move an industry to their town. 30:32 Jon Woronoff continues to dispel myths about Japan. Not all Japanese companies offer lifetime employment, only the large Japanese companies don't lay off workers. Small companies, on the other hand, have to fire massive numbers of people. 32:07 Ralph Nader commentary by Eddie Becker. Nader decries the failure of American capitalism. In 1980, the top executives of Fortune 300 companies were earning forty-five times what entry level employees were earning. Today it's ninety times as much. In Japan, the head of Toyota earns eight times what an assembly plant worker earns. We've had a massive failure of our managerial class here in the U.S. 32:38 Images from Japanese automated assembly lines. 40:00 Japanese girl eats in some sort of a petting zoo. 40:43 Doug Michels on Japanese TV. Michels is seen on Japanese TV talking about his projects such as Cadillac Ranch, an art piece done by The Ant Farm, and Bluestar, a futuristic think tank in space, and a proposal for a 50's-style theme park, Cadillac Fin, in Japan. ? 49:29 Trip to Japan by Jane Aaron. Public transportation. 49:50 More Jon Woronoff commentary. The worst New York subway situation is nothing compared to Japan. In Japan , the subways are filled to four or five times capacity. They actually have pushers - people who push passengers into the trains. It's mind-boggling. Japanese people travel this way day in and day out. Americans couldn't stand it. They would get claustrophobic. 51:54 Trip to Japan - Peace Park in Hiroshima by Jane Aaron. Over visuals of Hiroshima's Memorial Park, Harry S. Truman's voice explains the dropping of the Atom bomb. I never had any qualms about it. I wanted to end the war in victory with the least possible loss of U.S. lives. The bomb was just another piece of artillery, and as Napoleon once said, 'The Lord is on the side with the heaviest artillery.' Truman's nonchalance is contrasted heavily with the testimonial of a Japanese woman describing the death of their countrymen from radiation poisoning. probably. Ask us first. 54:49 Ronald Reagan acts in more U.S. government industrial films. 55:47 The Zenshuji Zendeko Drummers by Nancy Cain plays under credits.