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Aviation boatswain’s mate 2nd class Tyler Stives from Spring, Texas, inspects a catapult after a launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during annual exercise 2013. The carrier took part in a naval drill with Japan in waters off southern Japan, just days after it took part in relief operations in the Philippines. The US Navy would not confirm the coordinates but said the drill took place about 300 km southeast of the Okinawa islands. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the airspace defence zone that China established last week.
(From left) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar, of the Italy men’s volleyball team, jump to block a ball during their match against the US at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Tokyo
The Porsche Macan Turbo makes an appearance at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. The show is open to the public from November 22 to December 1.
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A worker dries ceramic hot water bottles in the sun before they are fired in a kiln in Tajimi, Gifu, Japan. The traditional ceramic bottle became popular again about 10 years ago as people rediscovered they were a great way to keep warm and required minimum use of electricity. They are popular among office workers, who use the ceramic bottles to keep their feet warm
A Tokyo Electric Power employee wears a protective suit and mask to walk past storage tanks for radioactive water in the H4 area at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Spectators watch the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. The crew members of the spacecraft, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, Nasa’s Richard Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan, are set to take off from the Russian-leased facility on November 7.
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People dressed in costumes representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history participate in the annual Jidai Festival at Kyoto Imperial Palace on Tuesday. The festival marks the anniversary of the foundation of the city.
Troops on Friday search for missing people after a landslide on Oshima Island, 120 km south of Tokyo. Japanese coast guard personnel were scouring waters off the Japanese island, in the wake of a typhoon, as the death toll reached 24.
A Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member searches for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on Thursday. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan’s Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.
Shinto priests leave the Torii gate of the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, after administering the rite of Kiyoharai on the first day of the four-day autumn festival, on Thursday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.