White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, center, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes accompany U.S. President Barack Obama to State Dinner ... more 
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, center, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes accompany U.S. President Barack Obama to State Dinner hosted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Charles Dharapak
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 7:06 AM EDT