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Empty sake bottles lined up outside a restaurant in the Daikanyama area of Tokyo. Graham Crouch/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image hide caption

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Elise tries robo toilets in Japan. Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR hide caption

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Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR

WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

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The Comfort Woman statue, with bird on shoulder, beside an empty chair symbolizing survivors who are of an old age without having yet witnessed judgement, in Glendale, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In 2004 Reid Brewer of the University of Alaska Southeast measured an unusual beaked whale that turned up dead in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. A tissue sample from the carcass later showed that the whale was one of the newly identified species. Don Graves hide caption

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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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