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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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Reporting from a Seoul cat cafe, one of the many themed cafes in Japan and Korea. Haeryun Kang/for NPR hide caption

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Reporter's Notebook: Settling In In Seoul

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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. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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