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.
This week on World in Progress: How teaching kids how to swim can prevent the silent killer of drowning. A former prison inmate now helps other inmates in Kenya to get an education. A children's dream park in Japan tries to help kids who couldn't cope with school. And: the importance of reading in South Africa and French lessons at Quran schools in Senegal.
What about those kids who went to school, but then…don't go anymore? Some might have been bullied by other students or feel they can't keep up with the pace or pressure — or they simply got bored. The Japanese city of Kawasaki near Tokyo is offering them a place to come to instead: The Children's Dream Park. It's where children can play or read all day long if they want to.
The Chinese government believes that it can become the top tech nation in the world sooner rather than later. Some milestones have already been met with more in sight as China looks to surpass the US, Japan and Korea.
The aircraft will seek to determine if North Korean ships are violating UN sanctions by transporting prohibited goods. The announcement came a day after North and South Korea pledged to denuclearize the peninsula.