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Japan's jobless rate down...epaselect epa04773238 A picture made available on 29 May 2015 shows pedestrians walking cross a crossway in Tokyo, Japan, 18 May 2015. Japan's job availability improved in April to its best level in about 23 years while the unemployment rate fell to lowest level in 18 years, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on 29 May 2015. Japan's unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent in April for the third straight month of decline, the government said Friday. The rate had stood at 3.4 percent in March. Medical and welfare services added 300,000 jobs to employ a total of 7.82 million, and the information and communication industry saw an increase of 150,000 employees to 2.09 million, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said the availability of jobs - measured as the ratio of job offers per job seeker - climbed to 1.17 in April from 1.15 in March.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

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Pedestrians walk cross a crossway in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s job availability improved in April to its best level in about 23 years while the unemployment rate fell to lowest level in 18 years, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on Friday

A pedestrian walks past an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo...A pedestrian walks past an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2015. Asian shares shed gains on Thursday as the Chinese, Hong Kong and Australian markets slipped, while the dollar scaled a 13-year peak against the yen as it rallied on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates this year. Japan's Nikkei bucked the downtrend, as the weaker yen helped keep the index on track for its 10th consecutive rise, which would give it the longest winning streak since February 1988. It rose 0.7 percent after refreshing an intraday 15-year high. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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A pedestrian walks past an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan’s Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan 

Pedestrians crossing a big scramble crossway in Tokyo, Japan, 18 May 2015. Consumer prices in Japan rose 2.2 per cent in March from a year earlier amid a slight recovery in oil prices, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced at the beginning of May 2015.

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Pedestrians cross a big scramble crossway in Tokyo on Monday. Consumer prices in Japan rose 2.2 per cent in March from a year earlier amid a slight recovery in oil prices

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend official welcoming ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2015.

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US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend official welcoming ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday

Visitors stroll in the Hitsujiyama Park covered with moss phlox in full bloom in Chichibu, suburban Tokyo on Tuesday. Blossoming moss phlox are expected to attract many visitors until the upcoming Japanese "Golden Week" holiday season in late April and early May

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Visitors stroll in the Hitsujiyama Park covered with moss phlox in full bloom in Chichibu, suburban Tokyo on Tuesday. Blossoming moss phlox are expected to attract many visitors until the upcoming Japanese “Golden Week” holiday season in late April and early May

Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai" on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on April 21, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic donation to the Yasukuni war shrine, but stopped short of visiting in person -- a move that would have infuriated neighbouring countries. Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start of the three-day spring festival at the shrine in central Tokyo

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Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday

A life-size Godzilla head is seen through a window of the "Gozilla View Room" of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku at Kabukicho shopping district in Tokyo on April 9, 2015. The Godzilla is a main feature of the new commercial complex comprising a 970-room hotel, movie theathres and restaurants which will be open this month.

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A life-size Godzilla head is seen through a window of the “Gozilla View Room” at Hotel Gracery Shinjuku at Kabukicho shopping district in Japan. The Godzilla is a main feature of the new commercial complex comprising a 970-room hotel which opens this month 

Underground Discharge Channel To Prevent Greater Tokyo From Flooding...TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 08:  A general view inside the enormous pressure-adjusting underground water tank during a tour of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility on April 8, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world's largest underground flood diversion facility. The facility takes water overflow from four rivers and redirects it 50 meters underground into a 6.3 kilometer tunnel before being pumped into the Edo river. Construction of the facility began in 1993 and became fully operational 13 years later in 2006. The gigantic pressure-adjusting water tank is one of the highlights of the facility, positioned 22 meters below ground level, it is 177 meters long, 78 meters wide, 18 meters high and each of the 59 pillars weighs 500 ton. The tank is connected to a drain pump facility, housing four gigantic pumps which are capable of pumping up to 200tons of water per second (The equivalent of a 25m pool) The facility, designed to drain flood waters from the surrounding areas after heavy storms or typhoons is used on average seven times a year and has also become a tourist attraction with the facility running guided tours three times a day allowing tourists to visit the massive underground water tank.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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A general view inside the enormous pressure-adjusting underground water tank at the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility in Tokyo, Japan. The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world’s largest underground flood diversion facility. The facility takes water overflow from four rivers and redirects it 50 meters underground into a 6.3 kilometer tunnel before being pumped into the Edo river.

A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's special flight to Palau before it's take off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo

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A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s special flight to Palau before it’s take off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo

Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) group companies' new employees practice before releasing paper planes during an initiation ceremony at the company's hangar near Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan

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Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) group companies’ new employees practice before releasing paper planes during an initiation ceremony at the company’s hangar near Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan

A man takes a photograph of a cherry tree in blossom in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Japan's emergence from recession was weaker than first estimated as companies unexpectedly cut investment and drew down their inventories, offsetting a pickup in consumer spending. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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A man takes a photograph of a cherry tree in blossom, in Tokyo, Japan

Members of Japan's Self-Defence Force's honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Army General Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo

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Members of Japan’s Self-Defence Force’s honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday. 

A cosplayer poses for a portrait at the cosplay area during the Anime Japan 2015 Expo in Tokyo, Japan. Cosplay (Costume play) is a subculture that sees participants role play as a specific character of their choice. Many of the popular characters are sourced from manga, anime, comic books, video games and cartoons, often the cosplayer will take on the body language, clothing and mannerisms of the character. AnimeJapan 2015, is one of the largest anime festivals in Japan, offering visitors entertainment such as stage performances, screenings, workshops, cosplaying areas, and a chance to buy exclusive anime themed goods

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A cosplayer poses for a portrait at the cosplay area during the Anime Japan 2015 Expo in Tokyo, Japan. Cosplay (Costume play) is a subculture that sees participants role play as a specific character of their choice. Many of the popular characters are sourced from manga, anime, comic books, video games and cartoons, often the cosplayer will take on the body language, clothing and mannerisms of the character

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama beats a Japanese traditional taiko drum with members from Akutagawa High School Taiko Club in front of the main gate, as she visits Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, western Japan March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Issei Kato            TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama beats a Japanese traditional taiko drum with members from Akutagawa High School Taiko Club in front of the main gate, as she visits Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, western Japan

UKEDO, JAPAN - MARCH 11:  Police officers observe a minute of silence on March 11, 2015 in Ukedo, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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Police officers observe a minute of silence on March 11, 2015 in Ukedo, Fukushima prefecture. Japan commemorates the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. 

Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/    REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. This fishing village is overrun with felines, outnumbering humans six to one

Man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo...A man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo February 26, 2015. Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan

Sadao Kimbara rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar he made out of an oil barrel as his grandson Rui smiles in the sidecar in Ome, outskirts of Tokyo...Sadao Kimbara (L) rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar he made out of an oil barrel as his grandson Rui smiles in the sidecar in Ome, outskirts of Tokyo February 14, 2015. Saudi Arabia's oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC's top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilised once the fuel has been used.

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Sadao Kimbara rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar he made out of an oil barrel as his grandson Rui smiles in the sidecar in Ome, outskirts of Tokyo 

Construction cranes are reflected in mirrors at a company compound in Tokyo

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Construction cranes are reflected in mirrors at a company compound in Tokyo

A diver feeds red heart-shaped squid meat (C) to rays at a feeding session ahead of Valentine's Day at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.

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A diver feeds red heart-shaped squid meat (C) to rays at a feeding session ahead of Valentine’s Day at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.