Tokyo experienced an economic boom in the 1980s, with an unemployment rate of 4.9%, a low number compared to the succeeding decade. The anime and manga industries also flourished during this era, as well as in the television industry.
Hence, the collective Japanese entertainment industry became a strong force to be reckoned with, as the coming years would experience. The following decade would see Japan’s economy decline substantially, giving rise to the name the Lost Decade.
A fascinating color photo collection from mksfca that shows street scenes of Tokyo in 1981.