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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a news conference at the Democratic Party of Japan election headquarters in Tokyo July 12, 2010. Voters dealt Japan's government a stinging blow in upper house elections on Sunday, a reverse that could thwart its ambitions to curb the country's massive public debt and threaten Kan's job

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Japanese right-wing demonstration in central Tokyo on October 3, 2010.

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Japanese right-wing demonstration in central Tokyo on October 3, 2010. Roughly translated, the sign says: "China already accepted that the Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory. Illegal ships should get out. Recalcitrant Chinese should get out."

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Japanese right-wing demonstration in central Tokyo on October 3, 2010

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A protester shouts slogans during a rally at Tokyo's Shibuya district October 2, 2010. Thousands of people gathered and marched on Saturday to protest China's claims to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

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