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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) attends a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) attends a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) attends a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Pool
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U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for a banquet in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for a banquet in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for a banquet in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) talks with Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as they walk in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) talks with Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as they walk in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) talks with Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as they walk in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) inspects an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) inspects an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) inspects an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is escorted by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as an Imperial guard stands guard at the Imperial Palace for the welcoming ceremony in Tokyo, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is escorted by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as an Imperial guard stands guard at the Imperial Palace for the welcoming ceremony in Tokyo, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is escorted by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as an Imperial guard stands guard at the Imperial Palace for the welcoming ceremony in Tokyo, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool
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