South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during a press conference Monday at a war memorial in Seoul. Lee announced plans to take North Korea to the U.N. Security Council and suspended most trade between the two Koreas. Presidential House via Getty Images hide caption

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Endo Mitsunaga is only the 13th monk since World War II to complete a grueling training regimen of walking around Japan's Mt. Hiei for a thousand days. Mitsunaga, who has earned the honorific daiajari as a result, is shown here in his living quarters at the Enryaku-ji temple complex atop Mt. Hiei, near Kyoto. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Chinese J-10 fighter jets pass an air force officer on the tarmac at the Yangcun airbase of the People's Liberation Army Air Force in Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, April 13, 2010. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Japanese model Anne, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe, appears in a 2007 Chanel show in Tokyo. Anne has carved out a niche for herself writing and speaking about history and history buffs. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this 1969 photo, U.S. President Nixon welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato at the White House when the two leaders were holding talks concerning the return of Okinawa to Japanese control. This week, a Japanese government-appointed panel confirmed the existence of secret U.S.-Japan agreements, including ones signed by Nixon and Sato in 1969 allowing nuclear weapons in Japan. AP hide caption

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Chinese People's Liberation Army sailors march past Beijing's Tiananmen Square last October during celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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Simon Wang (left), a participant in the Mr. Gay China pageant, reacts after the event was canceled by authorities in Beijing on Jan. 15. Police shut down what would have been China's first gay pageant just an hour before it was to start, organizers said. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Local residents protest against a U.S. military base in Kadena on Japan's Okinawa island, Nov. 5, 2009. Most U.S. bases in Japan are on the southern island and have been the source of tensions for decades. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sea cucumber with swan goose meat. Xiao Kaijing for NPR hide caption

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The skyline of Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai. This year China is expected to replace Japan as the world's second-largest economy, and Germany as the world's biggest exporter. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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