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Japan

Japanese auto production declined 9.7% year over year in April, trade group says - MarketWatch

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North Korea nuclear program

Japan condemns latest North Korean missile launch attempt as a provocation - @W7VOA

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Japan

Japanese consumer spending fell for a 2nd straight month in April - MarketWatch

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North Korea nuclear program

Japan's government puts military on alert for possible North Korea ballistic missile launch - NHK via Reuters

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Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to delay increase in Japan's sales tax until October 2019, official says - Reuters

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Obama visits Vietnam and Japan, May 2016

Photo: President Obama descends Marine One after landing at the White House, concludes trip to Vietnam and Japan - @jeffmason1

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2016 French Open

Japan's Kei Nishikori beats Spain's Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets to reach 4th round of French Open - ATP World Tour

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World War II

South Korea says it was meaningful for President Obama to mention Korean victims during historic speech in Hiroshima - Yonhap

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

President Obama embraces Hiroshima survivor Shigeaki Mori after laying a wreath at the city's peace memorial - @willripleyCNN

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Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Photo: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe speaks of "opening a new chapter in the reconciliation of the US and Japan" - @markknoller

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Video: Obama lays wreath at Hiroshima memorial accompanied by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe - @margbrennan

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Obama says 'the memory of a morning on August 6, 1945, must never fade' in historic speech at Hiroshima Peace Memorial

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Obama speaking in Hiroshima: '71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed...a flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself'

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Photo: Wreath to be placed at Hiroshima Peace Memorial by President Obama to honor all war dead - @markknoller

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Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Editor's note: Barack Obama will shortly become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the city in 1945. He will lay a wreath at the cenotaph commemorating the victims of the bombing - seen in Japan as a politically neutral place - however, as Motoko Rich, the New York Times' Japan bureau chief outlines, he needs to decide whether to visit the museum, given its overwhelming portrayal of Japan as a victim; whether to meet with any of the survivors and what to say to them; and whether to say anything about Japan’s actions during World War II, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. - Luke

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Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Barack Obama speaks to gathered US and Japanese service personnel at Iwakuni before departing for Hiroshima - @DavidNakamura

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2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

G-7 aim for Paris climate agreement to go into effect by end of year, Japanese senior government spokesman says - Reuters

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G-7 summit, May 2016

G-7: 'Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist;' Group of 7 industrial powers say global growth 'is our urgent priority' - Reuters

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G-7 summit, May 2016

Photo: G-7 leaders visit Ise Jingu shrine in Japan - @Number10gov

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G-7 summit, May 2016

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Japan for the G-7 Ise-Shima Summit - @UN

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