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Japan: The Changing Tradition

Ideal for Grades: Secondary / College
Duration: Sixteen 30-minute episodes
©1978 University of Mid America

This series examines Japanese history from the first contacts with the West in the 1500s to the 1970s, tracing the emergence of the nation from isolation to its present-day position as a leading economic power.

The episodes of this series were produced in 1978 by the University of Mid-America for high school through adult audiences, with the active assistance of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation as well as other Japanese agencies and institutions.

Produced in documentary style, the episodes include sequences filmed on location in Japan, Japanese historical films reaching back to the early 1900s, contemporary Japanese documentaries, news film, historical dramatizations, and even television commercials and footage assembled from Japanese and American archives. The series received the 1980 Ohio State Award.

Japan: The Living Tradition is a companion series of fourteen, 30-minute episodes that examines the pre-modern history and culture of Japan. Click here for more information.

Japan: The Land and Its People is a related series of twelve 30-minute episodes that looks at Japanese society, business, festivals, family structure and more.
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Rights granted with purchase include: a) life of media audiovisual use, b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission. Broadcast, cablecast and telecourse rights are also available. Email slenzen@shopdei.com for pricing.

Course Packs (all episodes on three DVDs in a single case) may be purchased for $25.00 each, plus 7% (minimum $5.00) shipping and handling. They are ideal when students are required to view all or most of the episodes independently. Course Packs are only available to institutions that have purchased the complete series or have licensed broadcast, cablecast or telecourse rights.

Click on the individual episode details below to learn more!

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The Cross and the Gun
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The Cross and the Gun
Japan’s first contacts with the West in the 16th century.
Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarian
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Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarian
Turmoil from 1854-1868 creates internal political dissension.
Rich Country, Strong Military
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Rich Country, Strong Military
The transition from a feudal state to a major world power.
The Meiji Transformation
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The Meiji Transformation
The government experiments with reforms and looks to Western models.
Men of Action
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Men of Action
Political and social developments of the Taisho period (1912-1945).
The Road to Disaster
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The Road to Disaster
The military slowly expands control over the civil government.
Rebirth of a Nation
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Rebirth of a Nation
Political, economic and social changes create a new society from the rubble of war.
A Nation Among Equals
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A Nation Among Equals
The economic boom of the 1960's is explored.
Made in Japan
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Made in Japan
This episode discusses the organization of Japanese business.
The Fragile Economy
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The Fragile Economy
Explore problems facing Japan such as a high inflation rate.
Of the People
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Of the People
Understand the organization and structure of the government of Japan.
Democracy, With a Difference
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Democracy, With a Difference
How Japanese institutions fit into Japanese cultural tradition.
Society and the Individual
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Society and the Individual
Many older social traits of the Japanese continue in modified form.
The Search for Opportunity
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The Search for Opportunity
Avenues of success available and barriers that block the way.
The Japanese Style
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The Japanese Style
Life today blends traditional styles and modern mass living.
Three Families
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Three Families
An intimate look at contemporary life for three diverse families.
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