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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday paid tribute to the roughly 100,000 victims of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo during World War II, attending a commemoration service at a memorial hall dedicated in part to those who died.

The Imperial Couple last visited the Tokyo Memorial Hall in Sumida Ward in 1995, on the 50th anniversary of Japan’s defeat. The hall is dedicated to those who died in the massive air raid of March 10, 1945.

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