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Ken Watanabe is one of the few Japanese actors who have been successful in Hollywood, and this week he hosts an NHK documentary, “Watanabe Ken: Amerika wo Yuku” (“Ken Watanabe Travels America”; NHK-G, Mon., 7:30 p.m.), about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Watanabe learns of the parallels between the attacks and World War II. Following Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were rounded up and placed in camps. After 9/11, people of the Muslim faith, even American citizens, were often the victims of prejudice and violence. He learns about Norman Mineta, the Japanese-American lawmaker who was secretary of transportation when the attacks took place. Less than a month later, Mineta issued a directive prohibiting all airlines from carrying out racial profiling. And he wasn’t the only Japanese-American who stood up for Muslims.

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