A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken on September 2012.


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Japan's national flag flutters at the Bank of Japan headquarters in central Tokyo on April 26, 2024.

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Overgrown vegetation surrounds a vacant house in the Yato area of Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. More than 50 houses and apartments, almost 20 percent of the quaint residential neighborhood of narrow streets and stairway paths leading into green hills, are empty here, an hour's train ride south of Tokyo and 1,000 yards (900 meters) from the Yokosuka naval base, home of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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