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Japanese women in kimonos ride a train after a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day at an amusement park in Tokyo...Japanese women in kimonos ride a train after a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day at an amusement park in Tokyo January 13, 2014. According to a government announcement, about 1,210,000 men and women who were born in 1993 reached coming of age this year and the number is 10,000 less people than last year. The figure is the smallest number since the government started counting in 1968. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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Japanese women in kimonos head home after celebrating Coming of Age day in Tokyo. According to the government, about 1.21m men and women who were born in 1993 reached coming of age this year. The figure is the smallest number since the government started counting in 1968. Read more

People pray on the first day of business in 2014 at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Japanese equities rallied more than any other developed market last year, with the Topix surging 51 percent, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boosted stimulus to stoke inflation and spur growth in the world s third-biggest economy.

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People pray on the first day of business in 2014 at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese equities rallied more than any other developed market last year, as prime minister Shinzo Abe boosted stimulus to stoke inflation and spur growth in the world’s third-biggest economy

Japanese  well-wishers shout "banzai" (cheers) for Japan's Emperor Akihito during the royal family's public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo...Japanese well-wishers shout "banzai" (cheers) for Japan's Emperor Akihito during the royal family's public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo January 2, 2014.

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Japanese well-wishers shout “banzai” to Japan’s Emperor Akihito during the royal family’s public appearance for new year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.

Emperor Akihito greets public on his 80th birthday...epa03999823 Well-wishers wave Japanese national flags while celebrating Emperor Akihito's 80th birthday during his public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, 23 December 2013. Emperor Akihito, who reached his 80th birthday, still handles various events despite having heart surgery in 2012.

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Well-wishers wave Japanese flags while celebrating Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday during his public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Akihito still handles various events despite having heart surgery in 2012.

Some 800 participants polish their leather shoes on a street in Tokyo's Taito ward, a district famous for its shoemakers in Japan, to challenge the record of "most people polishing shoes" for the Guinness Book of World Records on November 22, 2013. Participants established a new world record over the previous one, made with 451 people in the UAE in 2011.       AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNOYOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

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Some 800 people polish their shoes on a street in Tokyo’s Taito ward, a district famous for its shoemakers, to challenge the record of “most people polishing shoes” for the Guinness World Records, on Friday

Vettori, Piano and Kovar of Italy jump to block the ball spiked by Anderson of the U.S. during their FIVB Men's Volleyball Grand Champions Cup 2013 in Tokyo...(L to R) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar of Italy jump to block the ball spiked by Matthew Anderson of the U.S. during their FIVB Men's Volleyball Grand Champions Cup 2013 in Tokyo November 22, 2013.

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(From left) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar, of the Italy men’s volleyball team, jump to block a ball during their match against the US at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Tokyo

Shinto priests walk out from Torii gate after they administer a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai" on the first day of the four-day autumn festival at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on October 17, 2013. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.

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Shinto priests leave the Torii gate of the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, after administering the rite of Kiyoharai on the first day of the four-day autumn festival, on Thursday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.

A woman reacts in front of collapsed houses following a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital.  Mandatory Credit.

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A woman stands in front of collapsed houses after a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital.

A woman walks past an electronic monitor displaying graphs of Japan's various stock indices outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Japanese shares rose, with the Topix index halting three days of losses, as exporters advanced after the yen weakened against the dollar.

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A woman walks past an electronic monitor displaying graphs of Japan’s various stock indices outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Japanese shares rose, with the Topix index halting three days of losses, as exporters advanced after the yen weakened against the dollar

Voters pick candidates and a party before casting their ballots in Japan's upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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Voters cast their ballots in Japan’s upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday Read more