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.
He makes Japan-inspired china and relates his metal chair to car fenders. Young German designer Stefan Diez is influenced by his time in Asia, but pays tribute to German craftmanship. His work is on show in Cologne.
Tokyo made the decision after South Korean authorities failed to remove a statue dedicated to victims of sexual slavery. Japan donated money to support surviving "comfort women," but stopped short of an official apology.
Japan's defense minister has visited a shrine to the country's war dead after taking part in a historic trip to Pearl Harbor. South Korea has criticized the visit to the shrine, which also honors war criminals.