After designing a soy sauce bottle for Kikkoman in 1961, Kenji Ekuan went on to design everything from motorcycles to a bullet train. Mj-bird/Creative Commons hide caption

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A passerby watches a TV news program reporting two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa, held by the Islamic State group, in Tokyo, on Friday. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government is working to secure the release of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. A deadline imposed by the so-called Islamic State for the men's release has lapsed. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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A photo from a video clip posted on YouTube shows a man with a knife threatening two captives identified as Haruna Yukawa (right) and Kenji Goto Jogo. The Islamic State says it wants $200 million for their release. Kyodo /Landov hide caption

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A candlelight vigil in December marks the second anniversary of a high-profile gang rape in India. In that incident, six men raped the girl and beat her while she was traveling with her 28-year-old friend, before throwing them out on the streets. Arkaprava Ghosh/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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A customer picks up a block of butter at a food store in Tokyo on Nov. 10. Japanese shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced Tokyo to resort to emergency imports, as some grocers limit sales to one block per customer. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman prepares a Japanese Christmas cake at the Patisserie Akira Cake shop on Dec. 23, 2011. The sponge cake is drenched in symbolic meaning. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, smiles as he places a red rosette on the name of his Liberal Democratic Party's winning candidate during ballot counting. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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Lumberjack Yukiko Koyama cuts pine trees on a hillside overlooking Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture on Japan's central Honshu island. Koyama's employment at a local timber mill is partially subsidized by a government program to get more Japanese women into the workforce. Yo Nagaya/NPR hide caption

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Security personnel guard the entrance of a road leading to a trail on Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Tuesday, three days after the volcano erupted in central Japan. Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows Japan's Self-Defense Forces personnel rescuing climbers who were in critical condition near the top of Mt. Ontake Monday, before rescue operations were suspended. Kyodo /Landov hide caption

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