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Japan's Emperor Akihito, with Empress Michiko, waves to well-wishers in the central Japanese prefecture of Mie on April 18. Emperor Akihito takes part in a series of rituals ahead of his abdication. Kazuhiro Ngoi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Emperor Akihito, Japan's 'Surprising Pacifist,' Steps Down After 30 Years

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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II makes a flyby after an unveiling celebration in this 2014 photo. Japan's military reported on Tuesday that one of its F-35A jets crashed during a training mission. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Japan's Hayabusa2, seen in this illustration, has been probing the asteroid Ryugu since 2018. The spacecraft is collecting samples that will be returned to Earth. JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita hide caption

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Japan (Very Carefully) Drops Plastic Explosives Onto An Asteroid

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Japan's Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said Tuesday that he will step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Then Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Carlos Ghosn looks on during a visit of French President Emmanuel Macron at the Renault factory weeks before his November arrest. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this 2015 photo, Koyuki Higashi (left) and Hiroko Masuhara celebrate and hold up their same-sex marriage certificate in Tokyo. Today 13 gay couples filed a lawsuit arguing the country's general rejection of same-sex marriage rights violates the constitution. Christopher Jue/Getty Images hide caption

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A researcher examines the underwater hull of the USS Hornet CV-8, which played a role in several key events of World War II. Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc hide caption

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Archaeologist Koji Iesaki holds a carved roof ornament excavated at the former site of the Jyokyo-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan. Iesaki and other archaeologists have their hands full as a pre-Olympic building boom has helped reveal centuries-old artifacts from the city's long history. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Ahead Of 2020 Summer Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts

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An employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co. works at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to decontaminate the area after the 2011 nuclear meltdown. A Vietnamese laborer in Japan on a training program says he was also put to work cleaning up the site, but with inadequate gear. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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As Japan Tries Out Immigration, Migrant Workers Complain Of Exploitation

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Paramedics and an emergency doctor bend over a man who had been run over by a car near the Museum Folkwang in North Rhine-Westphalia, Essen, on Tuesday. picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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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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