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Deciphering Japan

Deciphering Japan - EP4

Being Japanese
46 Min

By CNA Published: 01 Aug 2020 Audio: English

Japan has always had a strong sense of national identity. Washington-based journalist Yumi Araki returns to the country of her birth to get at the heart of what it means to be Japanese today. She explores the influences that have shaped the Japanese sense of self, from a connoisseur of kawaii to a modern day Buddhist monk. As the country moves into a new era, there are also those seeking to redefine it. Yumi meets the people involved in these changes, from the new wave of mixed race young people challenging what it means to be Japanese today, to the leader of a radical ultranationalistic political party.

Deciphering Japan
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