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Japan once labeled its whaling vessels with prominent "Research" tags. The country will resume commercial whaling hunts in 2019. Here, the whaling ships Yushin Maru (right) and Yushin Maru No. 2 are seen before leaving for the Antarctic Ocean for a whale hunt in 2015. In the future, Japanese whaling ships will not operate in the Antarctic. Kyodo/Reuters hide caption

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Newborns lie in the nursery ward of a Japanese hospital in 2014. For years, the small, bustling country has seen a decline in its population, leading experts and lawmakers to consider the economic and social repercussions. Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Navy plane flies above a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel during search-and-rescue efforts last week off the coast of Kochi prefecture, in southern Japan. Kyodo via Reuters hide caption

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Pedestrians walk in front of a monitor showing an image of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Ghosn, a veteran of the auto industry, was charged on Monday for financial misconduct after he was arrested in Tokyo last month on accusations he underreported his compensation to authorities. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images hide caption

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Men walk past a TV screen showing a news program with an image of Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, on Wednesday. Yasuda, who disappeared three years ago in Syria, has been released and is now in Turkey, a Japanese official said. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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The Column of Strength monument to "comfort women" was unveiled last year. This week, the mayor of Osaka, Japan, said he was withdrawing his city from a six-decade "sister city" relationship with San Francisco over objections to the statue. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Dr. James P. Allison, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, poses for a photo in New York in 2015. Allison and Tasuku Honjo have jointly been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Scientists Who Sparked Revolution In Cancer Treatment Share Nobel Prize In Medicine

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In a photo taken at last year's U.N. General Assembly in New York, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a luncheon with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Palace Hotel. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Cars are parked along a road damaged by a powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Japan's Hokkaido prefecture, in a photo taken Thursday. Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An aerial view from a Jiji Press helicopter shows a ship that collided with a breakwater due to strong winds caused by typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya city, Hyogo prefecture on Wednesday. Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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