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Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest (R) during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine

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Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest as part of a visit by more than 100 lawmakers to a Tokyo shrine condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan’s militarist past 

JSDF soldiers conduct rescue operations on Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan...Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations on Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan, in this October 7, 2014 handout photograph released by the Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan. Two more bodies were found on Mount Ontake on Tuesday, nearly a week and a half after the eruption that killed at least 51 people, Japanese media reported. The search continues for 10 people still missing in what has become the nation's worst volcanic disaster in a century.

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Soldiers from the Japan Self-Defense Forces conduct search operations on Tuesday on Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27. Sixteen people are still missing following the eruption of the volcano, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan.

High waves batter a breakwater at a port at Kihou town in Mie prefecture, central Japan on October 6, 2014. Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan, packing gusts and huge waves that have already swept three US military officials out to sea, as it made a beeline for Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

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High waves batter a port at Kihou town in Mie prefecture, Japan. Typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan, packing gusts and huge waves that have swept three US airmen out to sea in Okinawa. 

aerial...Rescuers conduct a search operation near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Search efforts for people missing since Saturday's surprise eruption resumed Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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Rescuers conduct a search operation near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Wednesday. Search efforts for people missing since Saturday’s surprise eruption resumed Wednesday morning. 

Rescue work resumes at Japanese volcano...epa04422786 A handout aerial picture dated 27 September 2014 taken by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Chubu Regional Development Bureau shows the eruption of the Mount Ontake, between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan. On 29 September 2014, five more survivors were found in critical condition near the summit of the volcano. 10 people were confirmed dead late 28 September and more than 60 injured.

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An aerial photograph shows the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. More than 30 hikers were found dead on Sunday on the mountainside, a day after the eruption sent plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky. 

"Butch," the first customer at SoftBank Corp.'s Omotesando store displays his newly purchased Apple Inc. iPhone 6 for a photograph outside the store in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Apple stores attracted long lines of shoppers for the debut of the latest iPhones, indicating healthy demand for the bigger-screen smartphones.

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“Butch,” the first customer at SoftBank Corp.’s Omotesando store displays his newly purchased Apple Inc. iPhone 6 outside the store in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday

People gather to pay tribute to people who died in battles against Japan during World War II at the Aviation Martyr Memorial to commemorate the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province on September 3, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping and all six other members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country's most powerful body, made a rare public appearance on September 3 to commemorate 69 years since Japan's surrender at the end of World War II. The ceremony was the first since Beijing earlier this year declared September 3 as a national day to mark Japan's defeat -- it signed the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, with China celebrating the following day.

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People gather at the Aviation Martyr Memorial in Nanjing, east China‘s Jiangsu province, on Wednesday to commemorate those who died at the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in the second world war

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Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as JapaneseGround Self-Defence Force tanks fire their machine guns during a night session of an annual training exercise at Higashifuji training field near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. 

A man dressed in a navy uniform holds Japan's rising sun flag at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from the Tokyo war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan s World War II defeat today, instead sending a donation as he seeks a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, stayed away from the war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.

Children pray for their ancestors after sweeping their family tombstones at a cemetery in Haiki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 as they celebrate the Bon Festival. Japanese believe that their ancestors' spirits return to their homes to reunite with their family during the three-day festival starting Aug. 13.

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Children pray for their ancestors after sweeping family tombstones at a cemetery in Haiki, Nagasaki Prefecture, south Japan on Wednesday as they celebrate the Bon Festival.