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WIDE ANGLE | Japan's About Face | PBS Original PBS airdate: Tuesday, July 8, 2008. "Japan's About-Face" is a remarkable window into the shifting role of the military in post-war Japanese society. WIDE ANGLE has acquired unprecedented access to the National Defense Academy, Japan's "West Point." We follow Defense Academy cadets preparing for a future that may involve overseas deployment, and meet with a group of peace activists ? some of them atom bomb survivors ? on a grueling two month, 750-mile protest march from Hiroshima to Tokyo. We also witness joint maneuvers with the U.S. Marine Corps, a surveillance flight over the Sea of Japan, and the DDH Hyuga ? the first Japanese aircraft carrier built since WWII. "Japan's About-Face" offers new insight into the future of Asian geopolitics. For more information visit
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