A century of war
The NHK Special era coincided with the
end of the 20th century, so programming naturally focused on one question
in particular: what did the century mean for Japan and the world?
the 20th Century combed Eastern Europe for clues to the breakdown
of Soviet-style socialism.
This was the first century in which history
was recorded in moving images, and The 20th
Century on Film portrayed the reality of a century of war using
extensive film archive footage from both World Wars, the Korean and
Vietnam Wars, and the Cold War and its aftermath.
The Pacific War
adopted a contemporary standpoint in examining what happened at Guadalcanal,
the Marianas, Imphal, and Leyte Gulf, focusing on electronics, information
warfare, and decision-making systems.
Years: Japan As It Was depicted decisive postwar moments that
came to define the modern nation. These included the U.S.-Japan Security
Treaty demonstrations, Japan's longest labor dispute, the formation
of the Nippon Steel Corporation, the student movement at Tokyo University,
Okinawa's reversion from the U.S., the oil crisis, and the privatization
of Japan National Railways.
Gazing into the 21st century
In the last decade of the 20th century,
N-Spe explored Japanese and international topics that were expected
to remain crucial in the 21st century.
Condition Today took up issues of immediate concern to viewers,
such as overtime, overeating, and overseas workers entering Japan's
labor market. Japan's Choice and Redesigning
Japan addressed tax reform, the decentralization of government,
pension reform, national security, health insurance and public works.
Moving into the
21st Century grappled with post-Cold War trends including surging
immigration, ethnic conflict, and developments in the Islamic world.
Family Portraits depicted how families
were coping with a turbulent and changing world.
2000 and Beyond
delved even deeper into our past and future, examining issues of continuing
relevance in the new millennium, including food security, money, war,
aging, the family, computerization, cancer and euthanasia. Altogether
45 episodes were broadcast from January 1999 to December 2000, making
2000 and Beyond the longest and most
ambitious series in N-Spe history.
Exploring who we are
The Path of a Nation series gave visual
form to author Shiba Ryotaro's thoughts on what it means to be Japanese,
and the real meaning of a nation, culture, and people. The series looked
back on the road that Japan's people had traveled and questioned where
it might lead the nation in the future.
Long Journey to Prehistoric Japan used the
latest research to shed light on the diverse origins of Japanese ethnicity,
while Mysterious Cities of Asia drew attention to Asian customs in some
of the continent's most ancient cities.
In numerous programs on sporting themes, N-Toku and N-Spe have explored
the mental strength that enables athletes to push their bodies to
the limit. Viewers were captivated by such N-Toku presentations
as Enatsu's 21 Pitches and N-Spe's
Just One More Pitch: The Fastball Life
of Red-Hot Reliever Tsuda Tsunemi , The
17th Inning: The Epic Struggle between Yokohama and PL Gakuen and
Takahashi Naoko: My 42.195 Km.
Major Programs of NHK Special 1996-2002