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Japan with Sue Perkins

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Japan with Sue Perkins

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Sundays from 26 January at 8:30pm Channel 017

Comedian and TV personality Sue Perkins embarks on a trip around Japan, exploring a nation that is in the middle of a hi-tech future, but also has the rich history of a traditional past. Sue starts her journey in Tokyo, Japan’s glittering capital city and home to 36 million people. People work long hours but struggle to find time for love and relationships, birth rates are falling, and the population is shrinking. What does the future hold for this resilient and innovative country? Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020, Sue trains with a female sumo wrestling team trying to bring change to this male-dominated sport. She also stays overnight at a robot hotel and visits a family who lives with robots (including a robot dog named Aibo). She explores the cultural phenomenon of Pop Idol, takes part in Hell camp; Japan’s toughest business school, and travels the outskirts of the city to explore its forests, mountains and islands. The series explores the amazing diversity of a city that sits somewhere between old and new worlds.