Visitors shelter from the rain under the Peace Flame as they visit the Memorial Park and the nearby Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on April 21 in Hiroshima, Japan. The dome in the background was destroyed during the attack, and preserved as a monument. The park, museum and dome are dedicated to the victims of the world's first nuclear attack, and to the pursuit of peace. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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This photo dated April 1977 shows Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents later the same year. Megumi was one of eight Japanese nationals who Pyongyang confirmed were dead in 2002. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il apologized for the kidnapping at an historic meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Relatives Of Japanese Taken By North Korea Still Hope To Find Loved Ones
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Rescue dogs are brought in for the searching operation on Saturday in Mashiki, Kumamoto, Japan. The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama bows as he greets Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in 2009. The president travels to Japan next month and there's speculation he might visit Hiroshima, the site of the world's first atomic bombing. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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In a photo from March 2011, then-U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos visits the Tohoku region, hardest hit by the tsunami and earthquake. He and his team then started the Tomodachi (Friends) Initiative to help young survivors. Ben Chang/Courtesy of John Roos hide caption

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After Tsunami And Quake, A U.S.-Japan Partnership To 'Give Hope'
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Elderly women walk together down a road lined with temporary homes in Fukushima prefecture, two hours from the radiation-affected coast. Kosuke Okahara for NPR hide caption

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5 Years After Japan Disasters, 'Temporary' Housing Is Feeling Permanent
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Six of Damine's 10 remaining children perform in the finale of the village's annual kabuki festival. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays with children as he inspects a day care center in Yokohama in 2013. More than 20,000 Japanese children are on wait lists for day care. Kyodo/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Will More Day Care Help Boost Japan's Sluggish Economy?
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Reporter's Notebook: Settling In In Seoul
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