A Portrait of Postwar Japan (2015): Part 01 – Economic Miracle


Since its defeat in WWII, Japan became a world economic power at lightning speed, and underwent an unprecedented economic boom in the mid-1980’s, known as the “bubble economy.” However, after the bubble burst, the Japanese financial system has continued to slowdown. This series sheds light from an economic angle how the Japanese people have lived during the 70 years since World War II.


Immediately after the end of WWII, Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the United Nations forces, made the assertion that Japan would never be a world power again. Despite his prediction, Japan ascended into the world’s second largest economy in just over two decades. How did Japan achieve this “miraculous” comeback?

Part 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Production:
    • Film Ideas, Inc.
  • Distributor(s):
    • NHK (2015).
    • Amazon (2017).
  • Release Date: 2015.
  • Running Time: 49 minutes.
  • Rating: 13+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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