skip to main content

Japan: The 21st Century

28 minutes 10 seconds

Videos are generally available for preview to non-members as short clips. Limited full-length titles are also available. Log In to view the full length title.

Browse Full-length Non-member Titles
Busy plaza with crowds of Japanese women and men. Caption. Overcrowding has become a serious issue.

After the devastation of World War II, Japan rethought, rebuilt, and repositioned itself into a world economic power. Takes a brief look at Japan and its history's contributions to their current business philosophy. Looks at religion, geography, foods, government, economy, and Western influences. Observes that Japan's strength is its willingness to embrace the new, while retaining the best of the old.

Media Details

Runtime: 28 minutes 10 seconds

  • Topic: Geography
  • Subtopic: Japan
  • Grade/Interest Level: 6 - 12
  • Standards:
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Producer/Distributor: Benchmark Media
3 men stand in front of a household appliance in an appliance store. A sign with the brand, Sanyo, in English and Japanese is visible in the background.
55 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Wide shot looking out over the water to an urban area with several construction cranes visible. Caption. Their economy into one of the strongest in the world.
28 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 10
Animation of pagodas and green trees against a partly cloudy sky during Japan's Edo period. Caption. Will lead to a united Japan and 250 years of civil peace.
Butterfly Effect
Season 1 / Ep 9
25 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Japanese woman in a kimono seated with 3 women in kimonos before her. Caption. Up until their wedding or when a young woman turns 18.
47 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Aerial shot of an urban city street in Indonesia with bumper to bumper traffic and dilapidated buildings. Caption. In stark contrast to Indonesia's wilderness areas.
13 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 3 - 6
World War 2 map of the Philippines showing the islands of Corregidor, Luzon, Mindoro and Leyte.  A red dot for the capital, Manilla, appears on Luzon. A U, S, flag image appears over southern islands. Text on screen reads, "Philippines."
Talking Maps
Episode 2
31 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 12
Nate talks next to a sepia-tone image of 3 Japanese men in traditional Japanese robes looking at a paper and a drawing of 2 Japanese people in traditional Japanese robes. Caption. "But except for the most formal occasions."
Artrageous With Nate
Season 0 / Ep 14
9 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Old man sits at a table covered in apples, holding an apple in 1 hand and a white kitchen towel in the other. Caption. Sound of mumbling.
8 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Cartoon map of the state of Florida and surrounding islands. Caption. With a total area of 5900 square kilometers.
World Heritage
Episode 14
24 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Elderly man and woman with graying hair wearing coats and stand looking at something in front of a large bronze statue in an open square.
World Heritage
Episode 20
24 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12