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.
On the anniversary of South Korea's liberation from Japanese wartime rule, president Moon Jae-in offers a tentative olive branch to Tokyo to end their trade spat. But as protests in downtown Seoul show, the two Asian powerhouses are still poles apart