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A child looks at window cleaners work while dressed in sheep and monkey costumes, denoting animal signs of the Chinese zodiac calendar, during an event marking the upcoming end of the year at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday
Mount Fuji is seen between cranes and buildings during sunset at a port in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Japan’s core machinery orders unexpectedly jumped in October by the most since March 2014
A man walks on a street between buildings at a business district in Tokyo, Japan
A diver dressed in a Santa Claus costume swims with fish at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo on Thursday. The aquarium is holding the Christmas show twice daily until Christmas Day to attract visitors
People are reflected in mirrors at an entrance to a department store in Tokyo
Heron-hooded dancers perform as they parade down the streets toward Sensoji Temple in Tokyo today.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson collides with 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi during a game of Street Rugby with a group of Tokyo children, outside the Tokyo Square Gardens building on Thursday.
A model displays creations by PLASTICTOKYO designer Keisuke Imazaki during the 2016 Spring/Summer show at Tokyo Fashion Week Tuesday
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
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
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
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