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China’s Zhang Jike eyes the ball as he serves to Poland’s Robert Floras during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Tuesday.
A couple in Japanese traditional clothing pose for their wedding photos in a Tokyo park on Tuesday
China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong compete in the pairs free skating at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Thursday.
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.
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.