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Photo Journal: Bustling New Year

Crowds of people celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1, at an intersection in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo that was closed to motor vehicles to create a "pedestrian paradise" from the evening of Dec. 31. Many young people and foreign nationals were among those who gathered in the busy area, where a countdown to the New Year was displayed on a large screen, after which cheers of "Happy New Year" and greetings in other languages could be heard. (Mainichi)

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