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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Boston on Monday. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter earlier this month in Tokyo. Abe's visit to the U.S. this week features an agreement for the Japanese military to have a more active role. Franck Robichon/AP hide caption

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For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To Elevate Image

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Liu Jianchao (second right), China's assistant foreign minister, shakes hands with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama (second left) during a meeting in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday. Liu Tan/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Hawaii's Honouliuli Internment Camp held thousands of prisoners of war and hundreds of Japanese-American citizens during World War II Courtesy of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hide caption

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Once Lost, Internment Camp In Hawaii Now A National Monument

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Misao Okawa, the world's oldest living person, poses for a photo with her son Hiroshi Okawa, 92, (left) and other family members and friends on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home in Osaka, Japan. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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A valve on the Musashi. Courtesy of Paul Allen hide caption

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Japanese World War II Battleship Musashi Found, Billionaire Paul Allen Says

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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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