Japan

Japanese farmers and their supporters hold placards of against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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Japanese farmers and their supporters hold placards against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal at a rally in front of the prime minister’s Tokyo residence. Japan wants to retain tariffs on rice, wheat, beef and pork, sugar, and dairy products, amid strong concern from the domestic agricultural industry.

A couple with Japanese traditional clothing or kimono poses for a wedding photo session at a park in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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A couple in Japanese traditional clothing pose for their wedding photos in a Tokyo park on Tuesday

A supporter of the Czech Republic cheers during the quarterfinal of Davis Cup World Group tennis at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.

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A Czech Republic supporter cheers during the quarter-final of Davis Cup World Group tennis at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.

Guy Deveau of Canada finishes a sand sculpture named "Soviet Union" at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world's first sand museum, features the theme "Russia" this year as mark to hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Game in Sochi. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Max Aaron of the U.S. competes during the men's short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, north of Tokyo, March 26, 2014.

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High flyer: American figure skater Max Aaron competes during the men’s short programme at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday

Police officers bow to offer prayers in silence for the victims in Namie, near the striken TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture on March 10, 2014, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami.  The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water into the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swathes of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people.

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Police officers offer prayers for victims in Namie, near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Monday, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water on to the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swaths of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people.

Japanese Geisha prepares green tea as Miko looks during the annual Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. This annual event commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period, who died in the year 903.

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A geisha prepares green tea during the annual Baikasai, the Plum Blossom Festival, at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The festival commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum blossom aficionado of the Heian period, who died in the year 903

Japanese honor guards hold their guns before a welcoming ceremony for Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas (unseen in this picture) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on February 25, 2014. Olekas is now here to exchange views with Japanese officials.

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Japanese honour guards hold their guns before a welcoming ceremony for Lithuanian defence minister Juozas Olekas at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sits during a lower house budget committee session at the parliament in Tokyo February 20, 2014. Remarks by aides to Abe about U.S.-Japan ties and the wartime past are giving the Japanese leader a political headache as he seeks to soothe strains with key ally Washington amid rising regional tensions.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a lower house budget committee session at the Japanese parliament in Tokyo on Thursday. Remarks by aides to Mr Abe about US-Japanese ties and the wartime past are giving the leader a political headache as he seeks to soothe strains with key ally Washington amid rising regional tensions.

A troop of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participates with the US Marine Corps of  Expeditionary Fire Support System during the US -JAPAN military exercise Iron Fist 2014  outside the USMC base in Pendleton, California on February 06, 2014.

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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California