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Losing Sight

A noted documentary from the American Public Broadcasting Service reminds us, 25 years on, that “business is war” even amidst a denial of disaster and a hope in systemic resurrection.

It might seem strange to be still wanting to watch a 25-year-old television show, Losing the War with Japan, a documentary originally aired in November 1991 in the Frontline program of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), an American public broadcaster and television program distributor, claimed to be the US’s largest public media enterprise. But lovers of history will, no doubt, back me up.

This is not simply an antiquated social TV documentary that dazzles us with facts about clothing, hairstyles and cars; rather, there are many interesting political lessons that we can still glean by viewing it. (Over two decades later, it is still available on YouTube at

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