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Tomomi Ota pushes a trolley loaded with her humanoid robot Pepper as she crosses a street in Omotesando shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2016. Telecommunications and mobile phone carrier SoftBank Corp. opened a robot-staffed store where 10 Pepper humanoid robots welcome customers looking to buy a mobile phone. The store will be opened until 30 March 2016. (Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA)

Tomomi Ota pushes a trolley loaded with her humanoid robot Pepper as she crosses a street in Omotesando shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2016. Telecommunications and mobile phone carrier SoftBank Corp. opened a robot-staffed store where 10 Pepper humanoid robots welcome customers looking to buy a mobile phone. The store will be opened until 30 March 2016. (Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA)
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28 Mar 2016 10:01:00
Members of Japanese idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls)  pose for a photo after a rehearsal for a concert at their theatre in Tokyo's Akihabara district, Japan March 17, 2016. For countless girl and pop-idol bands in Japan, standing out from the crowd can be daunting, but one group – “Kamen Joshi” – seems to have found the answer by hiding behind masks. The Tokyo-based all female band has 18 members, split into three groups that perform across Japan and elsewhere in Asia. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Members of Japanese idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls) pose for a photo after a rehearsal for a concert at their theatre in Tokyo's Akihabara district, Japan March 17, 2016. For countless girl and pop-idol bands in Japan, standing out from the crowd can be daunting, but one group – “Kamen Joshi” – seems to have found the answer by hiding behind masks. The Tokyo-based all female band has 18 members, split into three groups that perform across Japan and elsewhere in Asia. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)
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30 Mar 2016 11:04:00
Tourists dressed in yukatas, a light, unlined, summer kimono made of cotton instead of the traditional silk, climb steps to visit a temple on April 27, 2016 in Kyoto, Japan. Now the seventh largest city in Japan, Kyoto was once the Imperial capital for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Tourists dressed in yukatas, a light, unlined, summer kimono made of cotton instead of the traditional silk, climb steps to visit a temple on April 27, 2016 in Kyoto, Japan. Now the seventh largest city in Japan, Kyoto was once the Imperial capital for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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21 May 2016 10:48:00
Noriaki Iwashima gestures as he lies in a coffin to try it out during an end-of-life seminar held by Japan's largest retailer Aeon Co in Tokyo October 24, 2014. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Noriaki Iwashima gestures as he lies in a coffin to try it out during an end-of-life seminar held by Japan's largest retailer Aeon Co in Tokyo October 24, 2014. Funeral arrangements are normally left to those who have been left behind but the latest trend in Japan, which literally translates to “End of life” preparations, is for the ageing to prepare their own funerals and graves before they set off on their journey to the great beyond. With a population that is expected to shrink by nearly 30 million people over the next 50 years, the market for funerals, graves and anything related to the afterlife is still very much alive. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)
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10 Nov 2014 13:48:00
A young woman wearing the summer Kimono, “Yukata” watches the goldfishes during the press preview of “Eco Edo Nihombashi Art Aquarium 2014” exhibition in Tokyo on July 10, 2014. The two-month-long goldfish exhibition will starts July 11. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)

A young woman wearing the summer Kimono, “Yukata” watches the goldfishes during the press preview of “Eco Edo Nihombashi Art Aquarium 2014” exhibition in Tokyo on July 10, 2014. The two-month-long goldfish exhibition will starts July 11. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP Photo)
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14 Jul 2014 12:54:00
Snow Wall in Japan

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is an international mountain sightseeing route some 90 kilometers (56 miles) long. The route goes across the 3,000-meter-high North Alpine mountains, the so-called “roof of Japan,” and connects Toyama and Shinano Omachi. You can enjoy the panorama by taking a train, highland bus, trolley bus, cable car, and ropeway. Since the lines opened in June 1971, the Tateyama mountain area has been transformed from an isolated spot into one of the nation’s best sightseeing areas, where a million guests visit every year.
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27 Jul 2012 09:28:00


“With a fourth explosion rocking the Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday, danger of the spent nuke fuel pool boiling and radiation levels at the facility's gate increasing hundredfold, fears of a meltdown in Japan skyrocket”. – Russia Today

Photo: In this handout image provided by U.S. Navy, an aerial view of tsunami and earthquake damage is seen from an SH-60B helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 14 from Naval Air Facility Atsugi March 12, 2011 seen from the air of Sendai, Japan. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
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16 Mar 2011 10:19:00
A Shinto priest prays to the dedicated dolls during the Festival of Repayment of Kindness at Dairoku-tensakaki Shrine in Tokyo, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)

A Shinto priest prays to the dedicated dolls during the Festival of Repayment of Kindness at Dairoku-tensakaki Shrine in Tokyo, Saturday, May 16, 2015. Traditionally, it is believed that the dolls can give good health and happiness to children by absorbing sickness and ill fate. The dolls are then sacrificed during the festival after they have protected their young owners. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)
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18 May 2015 12:33:00