Here is our selection of news photos taken in Japan and beyond by Kyodo News photographers this week.


People visit Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa in Tokyo on June 6, 2020, during the first weekend after the aquarium resumed operation on June 1 following the May 25 lifting of the state of emergency declared over the novel coronavirus in Japan. (Kyodo)
A decorated doll is under production in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on June 6, 2020, ahead of the July 15 shinto ritual meant to expel diseases. This year's Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival at a shrine in the city was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)


Demonstrators march in Osaka on June 7, 2020, against the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody. (Kyodo) 
A groundskeeper works at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan, on June 7, 2020. Japan's professional baseball is scheduled to begin its coronavirus-delayed season on June 19. (Kyodo)
A visitor has his temperature checked at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on June 8, 2020, as the park reopens after being closed for about three months due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Kyodo) 


Japanese journalist Shiori Ito speaks at a press conference in Tokyo on June 8, 2020, after filing a damages lawsuit against cartoonist Toshiko Hasumi for allegedly defaming her on Twitter. Ito has become a symbol of Japan's #MeToo movement after going public with a rape accusation against a former television reporter. (Kyodo)
Monks prepare to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic at Zuigan-ji, a Buddhist temple in Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on June 8, 2020. (Kyodo) 
Photo taken June 9, 2020, shows a street near Red Square in Moscow, following the lifting of a coronavirus lockdown earlier in the day in the Russian capital. (Kyodo)
Sakie Yokota (2nd from R) holds a press conference in Tokyo on June 9, 2020, on the death of her husband Shigeru Yokota. The Yokotas have long been central figures in efforts to bring back Japanese nationals who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, including their daughter Megumi who was taken in 1977 at age 13. Sitting beside Sakie Yokota are Megumi's younger twin brothers Takuya (3rd from L) and Tetsuya. (Kyodo) 


Hydrangeas are in full bloom at the Nagai Botanical Garden in Osaka on June 10, 2020, as the rainy season starts in the region. (Kyodo)


Baseball club members of Japan Aviation High School toss their caps into the air in joy in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on June 10, 2020, as they hear the team will be able to play at Koshien Stadium in August. The Japan High School Baseball Federation decided to hold a series of games at the iconic stadium in August between teams that had been selected for the spring invitational high school baseball championship but unable to play due to the cancellation amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
Zuboraya, a traditional blowfish restaurant in Osaka's Shinsekai downtown area, is seen closed on June 11, 2020, with its entrance decorated with a big blowfish lantern, a famous landmark in the western Japan city. The restaurant, with a history of 100 years, will end operations in September due to management issues, including the negative impact on sales of the new coronavirus outbreak. (Kyodo)


Demonstrators stage a protest in front of the gate of the U.S. Marines' Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, on June 12, 2020, over the relocation of Air Station Futenma from Ginowan, also in Okinawa. (Kyodo) 
People keep a distance from each other during a planetarium show at an astronomical observatory in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on June 11, 2020, to prevent coronavirus infection. (Kyodo) 


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