Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minsiter, encourages Coast Guard officers by paying a visit to their patrol ship Motobu, which is going on duty in the disputed East China Sea islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, at Naha Port in Naha, Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 2, 2013.