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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his cabinet ministers react after a photo session after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his cabinet ministers react after a photo session after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his cabinet ministers react after a photo session after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare a for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare a for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his cabinet ministers prepare a for a family photo after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leads his cabinet ministers after attending an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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