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.
We hear the inspiring stories of female judges in Guatemala who are risking their lives for justice. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the number of suicide cases involving women has been rising sharply in Japan. One student wants to stop people from taking their own lives and show them it's worth living. We also hear how dogs can help detect urine that's infected with the coronavirus.
Japan used to have one of the highest suicide rates in the world. That figure was on the decline — until the pandemic hit. Now, for the first time in eleven years, Japan's suicide rate is on the rise again. One student in Tokyo wanted to help and founded an online counseling service. So far, more than 30,000 people have reached out.