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This is patriotic paraphernalia being sold during Japan's national memorial service for war dead held annually at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on August 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II (for Japan). This view shows wagashi, a mochi rice cake filled with sweet bean paste in the shape of the Japanese Imperial Chrysanthemum Crest. In attendance at this event was Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (his first time here as PM), as well several high ranking Japanese politicians, military officials (seen here), and most importantly Japanese WW II veterans and bereaved family members. This service remembers the 3.1 million Japanese who died during the war including both soldiers and civilians. According to government organizers, 4,776 family members attended the memorial this year on the 62nd anniversary of the end of WW II, August 15, 2007....
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This is patriotic paraphernalia being sold during Japan's national memorial service for war dead held annually at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on August 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II (for Japan). This view shows wagashi, a mochi rice cake filled with sweet bean paste in the shape of the Japanese Imperial Chrysanthemum Crest. In attendance at this event was Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (his first time here as PM), as well several high ranking Japanese politicians, military officials (seen here), and most importantly Japanese WW II veterans and bereaved family members. This service remembers the 3.1 million Japanese who died during the war including both soldiers and civilians. According to government organizers, 4,776 family members attended the memorial this year on the 62nd anniversary of the end of WW II, August 15, 2007....