CNN journalist Paula Newton is waiting to try the world’s best whisky at The Society bar at the Shiodome Park Hotel in Tokyo. Her verdict? “The drink was very good.”

Newton is shooting a new segment for her show “On the Road,” which takes her around the world to explore the culture, politics and trends of a given country. This episode has brought her to Japan.

As a journalist at CNN for 10 years, Newton has traveled the globe covering hard news stories, but, she says, “On the Road” allows her to show her audience something different.

“We like to show people something about a country they wouldn’t expect,” she says, adding that the stories are targeted at audiences both in and outside the countries being reported on.

Newton has been to Japan more than once, and says she learns something new about it each time.

“The more insight (into a culture) you get and what it means and how it is applied to everyday life, the more you understand it,” she says.

The turnaround is fairly quick, too. The Japan-focused episode of “On the Road” includes topics such as the whisky boom (the announcement of a Yamazaki whisky being named the world’s best was made at the beginning of the month), an interesting take on taiko drumming and women who are joining the farming and construction sectors. Newton says that with the current political and economic state of Japan being “messy,” people are looking inward at their own culture for inspiration.

“On the Road” was also recently in Thailand and South Korea. Newton and her team travel next to Serbia.

“On the Road” reports will air on CNNj during the news stream at 10 p.m. the week of Dec. 1. A special 30-minute broadcast airs Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., with repeat showings on Dec. 6 and 8. For more information, visit www.cnn.com/ontheroad.

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