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Japanese farmers and their supporters hold placards against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal at a rally in front of the prime minister’s Tokyo residence. Japan wants to retain tariffs on rice, wheat, beef and pork, sugar, and dairy products, amid strong concern from the domestic agricultural industry.
A couple in Japanese traditional clothing pose for their wedding photos in a Tokyo park on Tuesday
A Czech Republic supporter cheers during the quarter-final of Davis Cup World Group tennis at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union” sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015
High flyer: American figure skater Max Aaron competes during the men’s short programme at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday
Police officers offer prayers for victims in Namie, near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Monday, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water on to the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swaths of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people.
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A geisha prepares green tea during the annual Baikasai, the Plum Blossom Festival, at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The festival commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum blossom aficionado of the Heian period, who died in the year 903
Japanese honour guards hold their guns before a welcoming ceremony for Lithuanian defence minister Juozas Olekas at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a lower house budget committee session at the Japanese parliament in Tokyo on Thursday. Remarks by aides to Mr Abe about US-Japanese ties and the wartime past are giving the leader a political headache as he seeks to soothe strains with key ally Washington amid rising regional tensions.
A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California
Sapporo’s local idol group Team Crereco performs in front of a 10-metre-tall and 18-metre-wide ice statue of Taipei’s National Palace Museum during the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival on Wednesday. The week-long festival features 198 ice statues on display and expects to attract about 2m visitors.
Japanese Macaques groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, on Monday.
Japanese women in kimonos head home after celebrating Coming of Age day in Tokyo. According to the government, about 1.21m men and women who were born in 1993 reached coming of age this year. The figure is the smallest number since the government started counting in 1968.
The 3D custom-painted Toyota 86 by Artis company’s Takahiko Izawa is displayed at the Kuhl racing factory booth during the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 exhibition at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba
People pray on the first day of business in 2014 at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese equities rallied more than any other developed market last year, as prime minister Shinzo Abe boosted stimulus to stoke inflation and spur growth in the world’s third-biggest economy
Japanese well-wishers shout “banzai” to Japan’s Emperor Akihito during the royal family’s public appearance for new year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.
Well-wishers wave Japanese flags while celebrating Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday during his public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Akihito still handles various events despite having heart surgery in 2012.
Doves fly above Chinese paramilitary policemen as they gather at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, in Nanjing, China, to mourn the victims of the 1937 Nanjing massacre. The bloody invasion by the Japanese imperial army remains one of the most sensitive friction points between the two Asian powers.
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An islet near the coast of Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption is here to stay, at least for now, scientists said on Tuesday. The land mass near Nishinoshima island, part of the Ogasawara chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, could withstand erosion for several years.
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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.