88 Hours Meltdown

NHK Special

Hard-hitting documentary that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and social challenges that Japan - and our world - is facing.

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Train Cruise (The Treasures of Country Life outside Osaka)

We travel from Osaka Station, the gateway to western Japan, through neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. We explore a rural line that was revitalized by local residents, then travel to the SetoInland Sea to relish fresh oysters. Next, we ride the futuristic Super Hakuto. At a 400-year-old post town that has changed little over time, we hear tales about master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Further on, we travel through mountains on the Hamakazeto a bag-producing town where we meet Japan’s sole wicker-trunk weaver.

  • 2020-02-28T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

The Great Metropolitan Blackout: Preparing for Crisis

In September 2018, an unprecedented large-scale blackout wreaked havoc on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido Prefecture following an earthquake. Over the 45 hours it took to resolve, its impact was felt across society in waysthat were previously unimaginable. A similar prolonged blackout in the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area could have even more devastating effects. We investigate what might happen if Japan's capital were ever struck by such a crisis and reveal the preparations now being made.

  • 2020-03-20T05:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD