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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.
The COVID pandemic has been another nail in the coffin for underworld groups in Japan. They were already struggling to overcome economic decline, an aging membership and aggressive government eradication campaigns.
As a nation not unfamiliar with the destruction wrought by natural disasters, Japan is forced to innovate to save lives. A team of researchers has now developed a snake-shaped robot that can climb up steps and navigate through narrow spaces.