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.
Hiroto Saikawa admitted that the scandal at Nissan was much worse than originally thought. Four of Nissan's six factories were involved in the shoddy work. Now Nissan has put the brakes on production. All domestic factories will remain closed for at least two weeks.
A Fukushima court has ordered the Japanese government and nuclear plant operator TEPCO to pay damages for the 2011 triple meltdown. The case was the largest class action suit brought over the nuclear disaster.