Earthquakes are a fact of life in Japan and so is a fascination with robotics.
At the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Shigeo Hirose is developing a robot that could help rescue survivors after an earthquake.
The BBC's Richard Black took the opportunity to take a look at the robot and some of the professor's other creations.
This would be very cool. The saddest things I hear during earthquakes are victims who aer buried alive and aren't saved for 4-5 days! Having these little snake-like robots would help rescuers alot! Especially since they are often afraid to go deep into the rubble for fear more could collapse!