Japan pays tributes to victims of Second World War

Country's leaders pledge to repair disaster-hit country on 66th anniversary of WW2 surrender
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Accompanied by Empress Michiko (2nd R), Japanese Emperor Akihito (R) makes a speech for the victims of World War II during a memorial service hosted by the government in Tokyo on August 15, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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People sing the country's national anthem during a memorial service for the victims of World War II (AFP/Getty Images)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (front) walks past Japanese Emperor Akihito (top L) and Empress Michiko (top R) during a memorial service for the victims of World War II (AFP/Getty Images)
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Country marked the 66th anniversary of the end of the 1941-1945 war, while vowing to rebuild from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastation (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kan on August 15 pledged to reconstruct the disaster-hit country as it commemorated the 66th anniversary of its surrender in World War II (AFP/Getty Images)
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Many relatives of the war dead said their prayers also went to the catastrophe's victims (AFP/Getty Images)