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I wish Prime Minister Abe will listen to the nuance of Emperor Akihito’s words.

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Japan is a leading nation in scientific research, particularly technology, machinery and . Nearly 700,000 researchers share a US$130 billion budget, the third largest in the world. Japan is a world leader in , having produced nineteen in either physics, chemistry or medicine, three , and one laureate. Some of Japan's more prominent technological contributions are in the fields of electronics, automobiles, machinery, , , , chemicals, and metals. Japan leads the world in production and use, possessing more than 20% (300,000 of 1.3 million) of the world's industrial robots as of 2013—though their share was historically even higher, representing one-half of all industrial robots worldwide in 2000.

19th-century  , one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world.

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Empress Michiko, on the occasion of her 81st birthday Tuesday, recalled her April trip to Palau with Emperor Akihito to commemorate those who lost their lives there during World War II, saying it “has left an unforgettable impression on me.”

Some 16,000 Japanese soldiers died battling U.S. forces in the Western Pacific nation of Palau, while nearly 2,000 U.S. troops perished there.

The earliest works of Japanese literature include the and chronicles and the , all from the 8th century and written in Chinese characters. In the early Heian period, the system of known as ( and ) was developed. is considered the oldest Japanese narrative. An account of Heian court life is given in by , while by is often described as the world's first novel.

The Emperor also mentioned the heavy snow, torrential rain and the eruption of Mount Ontake in 2014.

He was the longest-reigning monarch in Japan’s history

Japan's military (the ) is restricted by , which renounces Japan's right to declare war or use military force in international disputes. Accordingly, Japan's Self-Defence force is a usual military that has never fired shots outside Japan. It is governed by the , and primarily consists of the (JGSDF), the (JMSDF) and the (JASDF). The forces have been recently used in peacekeeping operations; the marked the first overseas use of Japan's military since World War II. has called on the government to lift the ban on arms exports so that Japan can join multinational projects such as the .

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Japan maintains one of the largest military budgets of any country in the world. Japan contributed non-combatant troops to the but subsequently withdrew its forces. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is a regular participant in maritime exercises.

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In May 2014 Prime Minister said Japan wanted to shed the passiveness it has maintained since the end of World War II and take more responsibility for regional security. He said Japan wanted to play a key role and offered neighboring countries Japan's support.

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Japan has close economic and military relations with the United States; the acts as the cornerstone of the nation's foreign policy. A member state of the United Nations since 1956, Japan has served as a non-permanent member for a , most recently for 2009 and 2010. It is one of the seeking permanent membership in the Security Council.

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Japan consists of forty-seven prefectures, each overseen by an elected governor, legislature and administrative bureaucracy. Each prefecture is further divided into cities, towns and villages. The nation is currently undergoing administrative many of the cities, towns and villages with each other. This process will reduce the number of sub-prefecture administrative regions and is expected to cut administrative costs.