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Japan Inc: Lessons for North America?

Japan Inc: Lessons for North America?

| 27 min

This short documentary is an absorbing study of Japanese business and industry. Discipline and productivity in Japan are much more regimented than in many other parts of the world. For the 110 million Japanese, survival means doing things together, rather than asserting a North American-style individualism. Japan's industry has automated and computerized at an unparalleled rate. Open-concept offices and collaborative work styles offer a model of the changing style of modern work that could inspire the West to modify their processes as well.

  • director
    Kalle Lasn
  • producer
    Kalle Lasn
  • editing
    Kalle Lasn
  • executive producer
    John Taylor
    Peter Jones
    John Coney
  • script
    Joe Wiesenfeld
  • camera
    Bill Schmalz
    Yukio Yamashita
    Fumio Sakuma
  • sound mixer
    Paul Sharpe
  • narrator
    Stan Peters
    Hideo Iso


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Ages 10 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Diversity - Identity
Geography - Territory: Regional
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
History and Citizenship Education - Economy and Development (1500-present)

Based on the film title, what do you think the message will be? After viewing, return to your response and determine if you were correct. Use a Venn Diagram to compare/contrast Canadian and Japanese approaches to work. Has the work ethic in Canada or Japan changed as a result of technological changes such as the Internet?

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