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APEC 2014 Summit in Beijing, China...epa04483563 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R), during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, in Beijing, China, 10 November 2014. APEC is an inter-governmental forum with 21 member countries and regions, that seeks to promote sustainable growth and economic integration, and reduce trade barriers across the Asia-Pacific region. Jinping and Abe met for the first time to face to face talks, since they came into office, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, China, on 10 November 2014.  EPA/KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL 0

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping (R), during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings, in Beijing, China. 

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.

Japan's PM Abe smiles as he wears a jersey of Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally looks on at Abe's office in Tokyo...Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) smiles as he wears a jersey of Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally  looks on at Abe's office in Tokyo January 21, 2014. Japanese Major League Baseball (MLB) players, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara gave a Red Sox jersey to Abe.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe puts on a jersey of the Boston Red Sox, while Red Sox mascot Wally looks, on at Mr Abe’s office. Japanese Major League Baseball (MLB) players Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara gave the jersey to Mr Abe. 

Rain drops on a car window reflect a woman walking past a stock index board in Tokyo...Rain drops on a car window reflect a woman walking past a stock index board in Tokyo October 2, 2013. The Nikkei stock average fell to a two-week low on Wednesday, having failed to maintain earlier gains in a choppy session, after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus package unveiled the previous day offered little impetus for fresh buying. The image was rotated 180 degrees.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Rain drops on a car window reflect a woman walking past a stock index board in Tokyo. The Nikkei stock average fell to a two-week low on Wednesday, having failed to maintain earlier gains in a choppy session, after Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s stimulus package unveiled the previous day offered little impetus for fresh buying. The image was rotated 180 degrees.

The guard of honour is inspected before a review by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Defence Ministry in Tokyo. Japan.

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The guard of honour is inspected before a review by Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, at the defence ministry in Tokyo, Japan

A Royal Malay Regiment guard of honour s...A Royal Malay Regiment guard of honour stands to attention before the arrival of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office in Malaysia's administrative capital in Putrajaya on July 25, 2013. Abe arrived for a visit to hold talks with the Malaysian leadership on bilateral and international issues. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Royal Malay Regiment guards of honour stands to attention before the arrival on Thursday of Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister. at the prime minister’s office in Malaysia’s administrative capital in Putrajaya. Abe arrived for a visit to hold talks with the Malaysian leadership on bilateral and international issues. 

(L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta arrive for a family photo on the second day of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, Britain, 18 June 2013. Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit 17-18 June. The leaders were holding their second and final day of talks on 18 June, with the global economy and tax avoidance high on the agenda.

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On day two of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, leaders take a walk on Tuesday in the area around the two connected lakes in Northern Ireland. From left to right, Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Vladimir Putin, Russian president, David Cameron, British prime minister, Barack Obama, US president, Francois Hollande, French president, Stephen Harper, Canadian prime minister, and Enrico Letta, Italian prime minister. The leaders are meeting for talks that include the global economy and tax avoidance

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia 29 April 2013. The meeting is to discuss bilateral cooperation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting is to discuss bilateral co-operation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.