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Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success

A Shinto priest purifies Japanese businessmen and women during an annual new year ceremony as they pray for a good business year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold the new year prayers at the shrine on the first two new year's business days.

Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
A Shinto maiden (R) rings a bell to purify businessmen and women during an annual new year ceremony as they pray for a good business year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold the New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two New Year’s business days. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
A Shinto priest (R) purifies Japanese businessmen and women during an annual new year ceremony as they pray for a good business year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold the New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two New Year’s business days. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
A Shinto priest (in white) purifies Japanese businessmen and women during an annual New Year ceremony as they pray for a good business year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold the New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two New Year’s business days. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
Japanese businessmen and women pray for a good business year while attending an annual New Year ceremony at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two business days of the year. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
Japanese businessmen pray for a good business year while attending an annual New Year ceremony at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two business days of the year. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan: Entrepreneurs pray for business success
Japanese businessmen and women walk into the Kanda shrine to attend an annual New Year ceremony praying for a good business year in Tokyo on January 4, 2016. Over 4,000 companies are planning to hold the New Year prayers at the shrine on the first two New Year’s business days. (AFP/Getty Images)