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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a rally to call on Russia to return a group of islands, called Northern Territories by Tokyo and Southern Kuriles by Moscow, at a Northern Territories Day rally in Tokyo February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a rally to call on Russia to return a group of islands, called Northern Territories by Tokyo and Southern Kuriles by Moscow, at a Northern Territories Day rally in Tokyo February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a rally to call on Russia to return a group of islands, called Northern Territories by Tokyo and Southern Kuriles by Moscow, at a Northern Territories Day rally in Tokyo February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A man walks past the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, in this file picture taken December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

A man walks past the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, in this file picture taken December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

A man walks past the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, in this file picture taken December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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