Yesterday is Now: The War 55 Years after Japan's Surrender

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Yesterday is Now explores the divisions in Japanese society about the legacy of Japan's neighbouring Asian countries.

Through frank and probing interviews, it raises issues around Japan's motivations and its responsiblity for war crimes that include sexual slavery, slave labour, the use of humans in biological-warefare experiments, and civilian massacres.

The documentary's diverse slate of subjects includes family members of the Japanese war dead, right-wing nationalists, politicians, students, and artists, as well as a teacher, a journalist, a labour unionist, a former soldier, and an A-bomb survivor.

Yesterday is Now combines their thoughts and revelations with archival footage and contemporary images to create a riveting insight into the unfinished business of Japan's wartime past.

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