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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

Pedestrians stop and look at tropical fish from Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa at an outdoor aquarium in central Tokyo, Japan, 19 July 2013. About 400 from 15 species are swimming in the tank of the temporary aquarium on display until 01 September to attract visitors and business people in central Tokyo.

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Pedestrians stop and look at tropical fish from the Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa at an outdoor aquarium in central Tokyo. About 400 from 15 species are swimming in the tank of the temporary aquarium on display until September 1 to attract visitors and business people.

Cast member Johnny Depp signs autographs for fans during the Japan premiere of his film "The Lone Ranger" in Tokyo...Cast member Johnny Depp signs autographs for fans during the Japan premiere of his film "The Lone Ranger" in Tokyo July 17, 2013. The movie opens in Japan on August 2, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

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Johnny Depp signs autographs for fans during the premiere of his film “The Lone Ranger” in Tokyo, on Wednesday. The movie opens in Japan on August 2 2013. Read more

A crow perches itself on the crown of a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

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A crow perches on the crown of a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo, on Wednesday Read more

Humanoid communication robot Kirobo talks to Kataoka, project general manager in the Product Planning Group of Toyota Motor Corp, during its unveiling in Tokyo...Humanoid communication robot Kirobo talks to Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager in the Product Planning Group of Toyota Motor Corp, during its unveiling in Tokyo June 26, 2013. Dentsu Inc, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota announced that their jointly developed robot astronaut, called Kirobo, will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Center to the International Space Station (ISS) on August 4, 2013, according to the organiser.

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Robot Kirobo talks to Fuminori Kataoka of Toyota during its unveiling in Tokyo. Dentsu, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota announced that the jointly developed humanoid astronaut will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Centre to the International Space Station on August 4 2013.

Members of the robot rock band Z-Machines, guitarist Mach, keyboardist Cosmo and drummer Ashura perform during the band's debut live concert in Tokyo...Members of the robot rock band Z-Machines, guitarist Mach (C), keyboardist Cosmo (L) and drummer Ashura perform during the band's debut live concert in Tokyo June 24, 2013. Three robot rockers took to the stage in Tokyo on Monday to perform three songs, including one in collaboration with Japanese pop girl duo Amoyamo, to a crowd of nearly 100 people.

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Robot rock band Z-Machines performs during the band’s debut concert in Tokyo. Guitarist Mach (centre), keyboardist Cosmo (left) and drummer Ashura took to the stage in Tokyo on Monday to perform three songs, including one in collaboration with Japanese pop girl duo Amoyamo, to a crowd of almost 100 people.

A man walks in front of a huge poster advertising a cosmetics company in Tokyo, Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

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A man walks in front of a huge poster advertising a cosmetics company in Tokyo on Tuesday.