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Photo Journal: Crowded New Year

(Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

Crowds of people gather to celebrate the New Year at midnight on Dec. 31, around the famous "scramble crossing" in front of Tokyo's Shibuya Station, which was closed to motor vehicles to create a "pedestrian paradise." With the countdown to the New Year displayed on a large screen, many young people and foreign nationals counted the final seconds of 2018 and let out cheers of "Happy New Year" at the stroke of 12.

    (Japanese original by Takayuki Kanamori, City News Department)

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