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In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks up during a Diet session at the upper house of Parliament in Tokyo as his government is working closely with Jordan to save a Japanese hostage taken by the Islamic State group. The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been reminded in brutal fashion that the world is a dangerous place. In a shock to a country that can feel insulated from distant geopolitical problems, two of their own have reportedly been killed by Islamic radicals in Syria, the latest apparently beheaded in a video posted online this weekend by militant websites. Abe, in a bid to restore Japan’s position in the world, has been driving his country to play a larger international role, most controversially seeking to loosen constitutional restraints put on its military after World War II.  (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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