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.
Relatives of Korean women forced into Japanese-run brothels during World War II demonstrate outside the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. The two countries announced a deal that included an apology from the Japanese prime minister and a fund to support the 46 surviving Korean women.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye walk to their seats for the start of a trilateral meeting with the U.S. in 2014. Japan and Korea's leaders have yet to meet one-on-one.
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Demonstrators rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills in front of the National Diet in Tokyo in September. The bills, which passed, will allow Japan to send its troops overseas for the first time since World War II. However, the likelihood of Japanese involvement in a foreign war appears quite small.
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A baptism ceremony for a child on Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki prefecture. After Japan's military ruler banned Christianity in the late 1500s, many Christians went underground, holding services such as these in their homes.
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A young woman holds a placard protesting against controversial military reform bills outside Japan's parliament in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Lawmakers passed two measures to expand the role of Japan's military for the first time since World War II.
Dylan Rodenhaber (18) of the Red Land team of Lewisberry, Pa., waits to shake hands with players on Tokyo's Kitasuna team after the Little League World Series Championship game Sunday in South Williamsport, Pa.
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