Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks as Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President, Tsunekazu Takeda (C) and Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) president Mitsunori Torihara listen during their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on January 8, 2013. Tokyo, one of three cities hoping to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Summer Games, are the only one to have previously hosted the Games in 1964. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ITSUO INOUYE
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photograph next to a haulage truck tyre during a tour of the Rio Tinto West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara on July 9, 2014 in the Pilbara, West Australia. The Japanese Prime Minister is in Australia for three days and will sign a Economic Partnership Agreement with Australia. Japan is Australia's second biggest trading partner.
In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian President's Office (PPO) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his six day visit to the Middle East on January 20, 2015 in Ramallah, West Bank. Prime Minister Abe is expected to cut his trip short after he refused to pay a ransom when an IS video emerged threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) speak to the media following talks at the Chancellery on April 30, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders are meeting on a variety of issues, including the current crisis in eastern Ukraine.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses invited guests during an official dinner at the Crown Perth on July 9, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Prime Minister Abe is in Australia for three days and will sign an Economic Partnership Agreement with Australia. Japan is Australia's second biggest trading partner.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen during his visit to Yasukuni Shrine on December 26, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. It will likely inflame tensions with China and South Korea, which both harbor bitter memories of Japanese military aggression. Visits to the shrine by Japanese leaders are controversial because the facility enshrines Class-A war criminals as well as the war dead.
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Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at Chang Fu Gong hotel on November 11, 2014 in Beijing, China. From November 7-11, the APEC 2014 Summit will bring together leaders and senior administration from 21 countries.