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Japan's State Guest House silently awaits return of VIPs

Akasaka Palace receives face-lift in absence of visitors

The Akasaka Palace is styled after the Palace of Versailles. (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)

TOKYO -- The grounds of Akasaka Palace stand empty here at a time of year usually full of tourists, as the gates remain closed to both high-profile visitors and everyday tourists alike.

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