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.
WIDE ANGLE anchor Aaron Brown introduces Japan’s About-Face. Two cadets from the National Defense Academy are introduced. Japanese legislators disagree on the constitution. Peace marchers rally to protect Article 9. The SDF trains with the U.S. Marine Corps in Hokkaido while cadets experience roll call. A former Japanese soldier advocates peace in Japan. A Japanese surveillance flight monitors the activities of Chinese ships. The Japanese SDF practice combat exercises with the U.S. Marine Corps. Production Credits