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Frank C.T. Hsieh (left), representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, and his wife, Fang-Chih Hsieh Yu (right), welcome Yoko Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's mother, during a reception at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on Oct. 5. The event was held to mark the 106th anniversary of "Double Ten,'' when the Xinhai revolution in China that overthrew the Qing Dynasty began, on Oct. 10, 1911. |   YOSHIAKI MIURA
Frank C.T. Hsieh (left), representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, and his wife, Fang-Chih Hsieh Yu (right), welcome Yoko Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s mother, during a reception at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on Oct. 5. The event was held to mark the 106th anniversary of “Double Ten,” when the Xinhai revolution in China that overthrew the Qing Dynasty began, on Oct. 10, 1911. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


German Ambassador Hans Carl von Werthern (left) and his wife, Elizabeth, pose with Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringian Minister for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society, during a reception to celebrate the Day of German Unity at the ambassadorial residence in Tokyo on Oct. 3. |   COURTESY OF THE GERMAN EMBASSY
German Ambassador Hans Carl von Werthern (left) and his wife, Elizabeth, pose with Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringian Minister for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society, during a reception to celebrate the Day of German Unity at the ambassadorial residence in Tokyo on Oct. 3. | COURTESY OF THE GERMAN EMBASSY


Shimane Gov. Zembee Mizoguchi (left) joins Exile group members Sho Aoyagi, Akira and Naoki Kobayashi at the "Goen no Kuni Shimane'' event to promote the prefecture at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo on Oct. 5. |   YOSHIAKI MIURA
Shimane Gov. Zembee Mizoguchi (left) joins Exile group members Sho Aoyagi, Akira and Naoki Kobayashi at the “Goen no Kuni Shimane” event to promote the prefecture at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo on Oct. 5. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Teodosio Romilio Gomez Ibanez (center), mayor of the city of  Villeta, Paraguay,  visits The Japan Times' Tokyo office on Oct. 10, and hands a pennant bearing the city's coat of arms to Chairperson and Publisher Minako Kambara Suematsu. On the left is Japan Times President Takeharu Tsutsumi. |   YOSHIAKI MIURA
Teodosio Romilio Gomez Ibanez (center), mayor of the city of Villeta, Paraguay, visits The Japan Times’ Tokyo office on Oct. 10, and hands a pennant bearing the city’s coat of arms to Chairperson and Publisher Minako Kambara Suematsu. On the left is Japan Times President Takeharu Tsutsumi. | YOSHIAKI MIURA