Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda With a White Patch

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Tokyo, Japan – With a white patch over his right eye, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda addresses members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, calling on them to unite behind controversial tax and social security reforms during a DPJ convention at a Tokyo hotel on January 16, 2012. Noda said Japan had no future if the necessary measures weren’t undertaken. (Photo by AFLO)

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Noda is staking his career on pushing ahead with a plan to double the sales tax by 2015, but his call has created a deep rift within the DPJ, resulting in nine lawmakers bolting in protest. Noda has reportedly bumped his face in the darkness at his official residence in the previous night. (Photo by AFLO)

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