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Helping hand

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A Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) C-130H Hercules aircraft, carrying recovery equipment and personnel to assist firefighting and recovery efforts in NSW, is unloaded at RAAF Base Richmond, northwest of Sydney, Australia, on Thursday. Read

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Whale watching

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A whale projection is seen at Aqua Park Shinagawa in Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy snowy winter at its seascape in the aquarium's seasonal projection mapping event. Read

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The big squeeze

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Commuters form multiple lines on a platform for a train during evening rush hours at Shinagawa Station on Tuesday. Read

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Road to Tokyo

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Glenn Hoag, left, head coach of the Canadian men's national volleyball team and his son and team member Nicholas Hoag hold a Japanese daruma doll awarded to the Canadian men's national volleyball team after defeating Puerto Rico and winning the NORCECA 2020 Olympic qualification tournament at the Pacific Coliseum in… Read

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Good for the soul

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Men wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water in a ceremony to to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year at Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Read

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Ice dance

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Japan's Utana Yoshida and Shingo Nishiyama perform during the figure skating ice dance competition at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday. Read

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Fishermen's fortune

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An artist depicting Ebisu, the god of fishermen and good fortune, one of Japan's seven lucky gods, performs a ritual ceremony during the Konpira Festival at Kotohiragu shrine in the Toranomon business district of Tokyo on Friday. The shrine is dedicated to sailors and seafaring. Read

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Philippines lifts curbs on Japanese food imports

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, and Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for pictures during a signing ceremony and press briefing after their meeting in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. Locsin said his country has lifted restrictions on Japanese food imports imposed following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster… Read

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Lord of the ring

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Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Hakuho performs the New Year ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday. Read

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Go Go!

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Japanese fans in the stands watch the ATP Cup Group B singles match between Japan's Go Soeda and Georgia's Aleksandre Metreveli in Perth, Western Australia, on Monday. Soeda won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Read

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