Elderly and middle-age people exercise with wooden dumbbells during a health promotion event to mark Japan’s “Respect for the Aged Day” at a temple in Tokyo’s Sugamo district, an area popular among the Japanese elderly
Opposition lawmaker Yukihiro Knishi (C) gets a punch from ruling lawmaker Masahisa Sato (R) as they mob around Yoshitada Konoike (unseen), chairman of the upper chamber special committee on security legislation, for passing security bills during the special committee at Japan’s parliament in Tokyo, Japan.
Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), leaves a news conference at the central bank’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday. The BOJ refrained from boosting stimulus even after the economy shrank last quarter, betting that a resumption in growth will be enough to rekindle inflation
Taijun Yajima, chief priest at Koukokuji temple, stands for a photograph inside the Ruriden columbarium as glass Buddha statues sit illuminated by light-emitting diodes (LED) at the Koukokuji temple in Tokyo, Japan
A man struggles to hold an umbrella in heavy rain at a business district in Tokyo on Wednesday. Heavy rain caused by a typhoon passing through central Japan hit the Tokyo metropolitan area
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US World War II veteran Howard Troward, wearing his bullet-holed helmet, salutes as the national anthem is played during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces victory over Japan in the Pacific at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) tanks move while others fire smoke rounds during a live fire exercise in the Hataoka district of the East Fuji Maneuver Area in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on Tuesday
An elderly Hiroshima resident lights the candle of her grand daughter’s paper lantern to prepare for a lantern procession to comfort souls of victims killed by the atomic bomb in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Peace Park, in Hiroshima, Japan.
Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the Florence Nightingale medal in Tokyo on Wednesday. Japanese Empress Michiko, honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society gave the medals to two distinguished Japanese nurses at the ceremony
A worker conducts surveying at the construction site of Japan’s new National Stadium in Tokyo. Japan’s new National Stadium has been ditched as the main venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup because its proposed design will be scrapped to cut costs and it won’t be ready in time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo. The Bank of Japan trimmed its economic growth forecast on Wednesday but held off on offering fresh stimulus, convinced that an expected pick up in consumption will help accelerate inflation toward its 2 percent target
An elementary school student walks past next to a rice paddy field in Kazo, north of Tokyo on Wednesday
People mingle on Odaiba beach as the sun sets over Tokyo Bay in Tokyo on Monday
A picture taken by Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg shows a section of the solar powered plane as it flies over the Nagano mountain region in direction of Nagoya, Japan on Monday
Pedestrians cross a big scramble crossway in Tokyo on Monday. Consumer prices in Japan rose 2.2 per cent in March from a year earlier amid a slight recovery in oil prices
US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend official welcoming ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday
Visitors stroll in the Hitsujiyama Park covered with moss phlox in full bloom in Chichibu, suburban Tokyo on Tuesday. Blossoming moss phlox are expected to attract many visitors until the upcoming Japanese “Golden Week” holiday season in late April and early May
Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday
A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s special flight to Palau before it’s take off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo
Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) group companies’ new employees practice before releasing paper planes during an initiation ceremony at the company’s hangar near Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan