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People walk on a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, Thursday, April 28, 2016.  Japan's central bank opted Thursday not to expand its massive stimulus policies to boost growth, apart from channeling extra support for financing disaster recovery efforts on the earthquake-stricken southern island of Kyushu.

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People walk on a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo Japan‘s central bank opted on Thursday not to expand its massive stimulus policies to boost growth, apart from channeling extra support for financing disaster recovery efforts on the earthquake-stricken southern island of Kyushu

Chionji Temple Recreates The Moment Of Buddhist Patriarch Death...KYOTO, JAPAN - APRIL 25:  People dressed as 25 Buddhist saints march at the Chionji temple on April 23, 2016 in Kyoto, Japan. This tri-annual ceremony which is split into three parts, a procession, a passing along of the largest prayer beads in Japan and a ritual to the cemetery to pay respects to the dead, is to commemorate the death of Honen, a patriarch of Pure Land Buddhism, recreating the moment when Honen was escorted by Amida-nyorai, the principal Buddha and 25 saints to the Pure Land at the time of his death.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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People dressed as 25 Buddhist saints march at the Chionji temple in Kyoto, Japan. This tri-annual ceremony which is split into three parts, a procession, a passing along of the largest prayer beads in Japan and a ritual to the cemetery to pay respects to the dead 

Tokyo stocks close over three percent on weaker yen...epa05266456 Pedestrians stand before a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan, 19 April 2016. Pushed by the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar, the Nikkei Stock Average gained 598.49 points, or 3.68 percent, to close at 16,874.44.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Pedestrians stand before a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan. Pushed by the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar, the Nikkei Stock Average gained 598.49 points, or 3.68 percent, to close at 16,874.44 

Sumo wrestlers line up as they pray before the start of the annual 'Honozumo' ceremonial sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan...Sumo wrestlers line up as they pray before the start of the annual 'Honozumo' ceremonial sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino SEARCH "SHINO SUMO" TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES.

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Sumo wrestlers line up as they pray before the start of the annual ‘Honozumo’ ceremonial sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Baby is carried away by rescue workers after being rescued from her collapsed home caused by an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan...An eight-month-old baby is carried away by rescue workers after being rescued from her collapsed home caused by an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Mainichi Shimbun April 15, 2016 early morning. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Daisuke Wada/Mainichi Shimbun via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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An eight-month-old baby is carried away by rescue workers after being rescued from her collapsed home caused by an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan

ANA Welcomes New Recruits

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Newly hired employees hold up banners for a group photograph during the welcome ceremony of ANA Holdings Inc. at the company’s hanger in Tokyo, Japan

Women chat as they look at cherry blossoms in almost full bloom in Tokyo

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Women chat as they look at cherry blossoms in almost full bloom in Tokyo

Women take a selfee with blooming cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Visitors enjoy a total of 1,100 cherry trees of 65 different types that start to bloom from February until the end of April at the park.

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Women take a selfie with blooming cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo today. Visitors enjoy a total of 1,100 cherry trees of 65 different types that start to bloom from February until the end of April at the park.

Humanoid robot Pepper staffed store...epa05228655 Tomomi Ota pushes a trolley loaded with her humanoid robot Pepper as she crosses a street in Omotesando shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2016. Telecommunications and mobile phone carrier SoftBank Corp. opened a robot-staffed store where 10 Pepper humanoid robots welcome customers looking to buy a mobile phone. The store will be opened until 30 March 2016.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Tomomi Ota pushes a trolley loaded with her humanoid robot Pepper as she crosses a street in Omotesando shopping district in Tokyo, Japan

A model presents a creation by Jotaro Saito from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection during Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo...A model presents a creation by Jotaro Saito from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection during Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A model presents a creation by Jotaro Saito from the designer’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection during Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan 

Models display creations by Japanese designer Jotaro Saito during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo

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Models display creations by Japanese designer Jotaro Saito during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo

TOPSHOT - Buddhist monks pray for victim...TOPSHOT - Buddhist monks pray for victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami disaster which hit northeastern Japan in 2011 in front of former municipal disaster prevention centre building in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 11, 2016. Japan is marking on March 11 the fifth anniversary of the 2011 quake and tsunami that claimed some 18,500 lives, flattened coastal communities and set off the worst atomic crisis in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

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Buddhist monks pray for victims of the earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on the fifth anniversary of the disaster in front of former municipal disaster prevention centre building in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture 

An H-2A rocket carrying the ASTRO-H sate...An H-2A rocket carrying the ASTRO-H satellite, developed in collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and other groups, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan on February 17, 2016. Japan successfully launched a jointly developed space observation satellite on February 17 tasked with studying mysterious black holes, the country's space agency said.

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An H-2A rocket carrying the ASTRO-H satellite, developed in collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and other groups, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan

Sharp Corp. President Kozo Takahashi Attends Third-Quarter Earnings News Conference...Reporters hold recorders as Kozo Takahashi, president of Sharp Corp., not pictured, leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Sharp reported its fifth straight loss as the embattled maker of Aquos flat-screen televisions decides between two competing bailout offer

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Reporters hold recorders as Kozo Takahashi, president of Sharp Corp (not pictured) leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday. Sharp reported its fifth straight loss as the embattled maker of Aquos flat-screen televisions decides between two competing bailout offer

stock markets fall sharply...epa05140690 Pedestrians are reflected in a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan, 03 February 2016. Japan's market plummeted following sharp declines in US stocks and after crude oil prices tumbled below 30 dollars per barrel. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 559.43 points, or 3.15 per cent, to end at 17,191.25.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Pedestrians are reflected in a stock market indicator board in Tokyo. Japan‘s market plummeted following sharp declines in US stocks and after crude oil prices tumbled below 30 dollars per barrel

Japan's LED and HID parts manufacturer LYZER displays a demo car, the Lamborghini Murcielago finished with pink Swarovski crystals on the whole body, at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on January 15, 2016. The exhibition, one of the largest annual custom car and car-related product show, held here over the three-day period from January 15 to January 17.

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Japan’s LED and HID parts manufacturer LYZER displays a demo car, the Lamborghini Murcielago finished with pink Swarovski crystals on the whole body, at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Friday

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji (L) performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

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Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji (L) performs the New Year’s ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

A U.S. Air Force F15 fighter jet takes off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, southwestern Japan

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A U.S. Air Force F15 fighter jet takes off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, southwestern Japan

apanese traditional female dancers, maikos, and performers, geikos attend the new year's ceremony at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

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Japanese traditional female dancers, maikos, and performers, geikos attend the new year’s ceremony at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

New Year's Fire Review in Japan...epa05089354 Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association balance on top of bamboo ladders during a demonstration at the New Year's fire review held by the Tokyo Fire Department in Tokyo, Japan, 06 January 2016. Some 2,800 firefighters perform various emergency rescue and firefighting demonstrations in an effort to promote the prevention of fire and disaster in the annual event.

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Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association balance on top of bamboo ladders during a demonstration at the New Year’s fire review held by the Tokyo Fire Department in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday