The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World and Japan: A Story of Love and Hate

About This Episode


The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World
With 5,000 tables and a staff of 1,000, West Lake Restaurant in the capital city of Changsha can safely call itself "the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world." West Lake, a microcosm of modern China, reveals stories showing that not every individual benefits from China’s economic boom.

Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
In Japan’s bubble economy days, Naoki had it all: a successful business, multiple luxury cars, and a six-bedroom house. When the economy crashed in 1992, he lost it all. Now he lives with his new girlfriend Yoshie, who works fifteen hours a day to support him. Every evening, she leaves Naoki to attend to the housework while she is being paid to drink, flatter and flirt with married men in seedy bars. Japan: A Story of Love and Hate is about survival in the world’s second richest economy.