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.
A member of Japan’s short track speed skating team skates during a training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on Wednesday
Vocational school students raise their fists during a rally to start off job-hunting in Tokyo. Japan‘s jobless rate held at 4 per cent in October, and the number of positions on offer for every 100 people seeking work rose to 98, the highest level since 2007 – a sign of tightening in the job market that could put upward pressure on wages. Read more
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People pray in ice-cold water to purify their soul and wish for their good health at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan. One-hundred and seven people from seven to 78 participate in the annual event taking place at 6.30am on the “Daikan”, seen as the coldest day of the winter of the 24 solar calender.
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. Read more