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FRONTLINE; Coming From Japan


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Coming From Japan
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The Matsushita Electric Company: how many Americans could pronounce this company's name, much less tell you what it does? Yet in 1990, Matsushita bought the entertainment conglomerate MCA Universal for $6.8 billion, the largest acquisition ever by a Japanese company in America. Matsushita is one of the largest corporations in the world, with a controversial history in the United States stretching back more than thirty years. In "The Giant from Japan," Frontline examines the epic rise of this Japanese company and its uneasy presence in America. Reported by Japanese social critic Shuichi Kato.



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Public Affairs
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