The world's third-largest economy, Japan boasts the world's oldest unamended constitution — and one of the world's oldest populations. But it has also transformed itself from an expansionist military power gutted at the end of World War II into a pillar of stability and a synonym for technological advance. It is home to an ancient culture that reveres its history, the iconic Mount Fuji and the original high-speed trains — the Shinkansen.
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