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.
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.
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.
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Some 800 people polish their shoes on a street in Tokyo’s Taito ward, a district famous for its shoemakers, to challenge the record of “most people polishing shoes” for the Guinness World Records, on Friday
(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
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.
A woman stands in front of collapsed houses after a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital.
A woman walks past an electronic monitor displaying graphs of Japan’s various stock indices outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Japanese shares rose, with the Topix index halting three days of losses, as exporters advanced after the yen weakened against the dollar
Voters cast their ballots in Japan’s upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday
Pedestrians stop and look at tropical fish from the Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa at an outdoor aquarium in central Tokyo. About 400 from 15 species are swimming in the tank of the temporary aquarium on display until September 1 to attract visitors and business people.
Johnny Depp signs autographs for fans during the premiere of his film “The Lone Ranger” in Tokyo, on Wednesday. The movie opens in Japan on August 2 2013.
A crow perches on the crown of a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo, on Wednesday
Robot Kirobo talks to Fuminori Kataoka of Toyota during its unveiling in Tokyo. Dentsu, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota announced that the jointly developed humanoid astronaut will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Centre to the International Space Station on August 4 2013.
A man walks in front of a huge poster advertising a cosmetics company in Tokyo on Tuesday.
A pedestrian crosses a road in Tokyo, Japan. The economy of Japan expanded last quarter, the most in a year, as consumer spending and export gains outweighed the weakest business investment since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011
The Breitling Jet Team, the world’s only professional civilian aerobatic team, fly over Mount Fuji, in central Japan. They completed their tour of the country by visiting the Fukushima prefecture to show their support for the people of the region still recovering from the catastrophic effects of the tsunami in March 2011. The team are now on their way back to Europe and will return to Asia in August.