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Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the Florence Nightingale medal in Tokyo on August 5, 2015. Japanese Empress Michiko, honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society gave the medals to two distinguished Japanese nurses at the ceremony.

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Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the Florence Nightingale medal in Tokyo on Wednesday. Japanese Empress Michiko, honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society gave the medals to two distinguished Japanese nurses at the ceremony

A worker conducts surveying at the construction site of Japan's new National Stadium in Tokyo on Friday. Japan's new National Stadium has been ditched as the main venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup because its proposed design will be scrapped to cut costs and it won't be ready in time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday

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A worker conducts surveying at the construction site of Japan’s new National Stadium in Tokyo. Japan’s new National Stadium has been ditched as the main venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup because its proposed design will be scrapped to cut costs and it won’t be ready in time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo, July 15, 2015. The Bank of Japan trimmed its economic growth forecast on Wednesday but held off on offering fresh stimulus, convinced that an expected pick up in consumption will help accelerate inflation toward its 2 percent target.

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Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo. The Bank of Japan trimmed its economic growth forecast on Wednesday but held off on offering fresh stimulus, convinced that an expected pick up in consumption will help accelerate inflation toward its 2 percent target

An elementary school student walks past next to a rice paddy field in Kazo, north of Tokyo on Wednesday.

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An elementary school student walks past next to a rice paddy field in Kazo, north of Tokyo on Wednesday

People mingle on Odaiba beach as the sun sets over Tokyo Bay in Tokyo  on Monday

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People mingle on Odaiba beach as the sun sets over Tokyo Bay in Tokyo on Monday

A businessman stands behind a frosted glass window of an office high-rise in central Tokyo...A businessman stands behind a frosted glass window of an office high-rise in central Tokyo June 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A businessman stands behind a frosted glass window of a high-rise office in central Tokyo 

Japan's PM Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Baba and Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organization, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo...Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba (R) and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organization, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo June 5, 2015.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organisation, at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo 

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

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

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

Gold of the U.S. competes during the ladies' short program at the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating in Tokyo

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Gracie Gold of the US competes during the ladies’ short programme at the ISU World Team Trophy in figure skating in Tokyo on Wednesday

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

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

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. 

Participants show their work during an annual New Year's calligraphy contest at the Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo, Monday

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Participants show off their work during a New Year’s calligraphy contest at the Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo, Japan.