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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.

A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing...A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing January 16, 2015. The gallery attracts visitors with various 3D paintings and installations depicting world famous political

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A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial Army soldier at an art gallery in Beijing on Friday. The gallery attracts visitors with 3D paintings and installations depicting political leaders, celebrities and film scenes 

People walk on a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Japan's Cabinet approved a record 96.3 trillion yen ($814 billion) government budget for the coming fiscal year Wednesday after a tax hike to accommodate rising outlays for social security and defense. Rising revenues following the sales tax increase last April enabled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to raise spending without increasing the proportion financed by new government bonds, though the total national debt is still about twice the size of the economy

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People walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. 

A man jogs in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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A man jogs in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan on Friday 

Tokyo Auto Salon 2015...CHIBA, JAPAN - JANUARY 09:  A close up of a D.A.D. Mercedes-Benz decorated with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals is seen on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 at Makuhari Messe on January 9, 2015 in Chiba, Japan. It is priced at approximately 835,000 US Dollars.  (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)

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A close up of a D.A.D. Mercedes-Benz decorated with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals is seen on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. It is priced at approximately 835,000 US Dollars. 

A man wears hat shaped like an octopus at the outer part of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo...A man, who distributes discount vouchers for a nearby restaurant, wears a hat in the shape of an octopus at the outer part of the Tsukiji fish market, the Jogai Shijo, in Tokyo January 4, 2015. The famous Tsukiji wholesale fish and seafood market, is scheduled to leave its fabled 80-year-old halls to move into bigger, more modern facilities next year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The outer part of the market, the Jogai Shijo, that caters to the public will stay in its old place, but critics wonder about its chances for survival without the world's biggest fish trading place at its doorsteps. Picture taken January 4, 2015.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: ANIMALS BUSINESS FOOD SOCIETY)

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A man sporting an octopus hat hands out promotional vouchers in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market, known as the Jogai Shijo, or Japan’s “Food Town”. The Tsukiji fish and seafood market is to leave its 80-year-old home for bigger, modern facilities next year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but Jogai Shijo will stay in the same location. Critics wonder about its chances of survival without the world’s biggest fish market on its doorstep. 

Well-wishers wave Japanese flags to celebrate Japan's Emperor Akihito's 81st birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Emperor Akihito said he  ardently  hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday Tuesday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.

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Well-wishers outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo wave Japanese flags to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 81st birthday