The 'Land of the Rising Sun' for centuries was a very closed society until the first Europeans opened the door for trade. Japan then became and remained an economic powerhouse through the 20th century until today.
Japan is an archipelago in the northeastern Pacific region with a population of about 126 million, making it the world's 10th most populous country. It is currently the world's 3rd largest economy. The country today blends a distinctly Western lifestyle with its ancient religion and traditions that go back thousands of years.
Today's programme is all about water – in various forms. Do it like the Japanese and relax in Hot Springs – daily, if possible. A cool experience: Swimming in one of Germany's many lakes. Can a simple glass of water be as complex as a glass of wine ? We meet a water sommelier in Los Angeles.
The US President has dined with South Korea's Moon Jae-In and Japan's Shinzo Abe on the eve of the G20 summit. On the menu: North Korea's missile program and securing Beijing's cooperation in solving the crisis.
At least two people have been killed and about 20 others are missing after huge floods swept away houses and tore up roads in southern Japan. Rescuers are scrambling to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people.
A lot of German companies are worried they could lose their US customers. Other say those fears are overblown. Top EU officials said it very clearly recently: any fresh US import tariffs will only result in more free trade with other countries from Japan, through Singapore to Mexico.