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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida hold a news conference after their meetings at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida hold a news conference after their meetings at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida hold a news conference after their meetings at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) gestures during a joint news conference with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after their meeting at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) gestures during a joint news conference with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after their meeting at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) gestures during a joint news conference with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after their meeting at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) at the State Department in Washington January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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