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


Demonstrators stage a protest in Los Angeles on June 1, 2020, in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. (Kyodo)

Fireworks light up the sky in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on June 1, 2020. Simultaneous displays were launched across the country in a project planned by fireworks makers to cheer the nation's mood during the coronavirus gloom. To avoid attracting crowds, organizers did not reveal where the displays would take place, only the day and 8 p.m. start time. (Kyodo)
High school students take a physical education class at their school gym in Gifu, central Japan, on June 1, 2020. Air ventilation measures have been taken to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. (Kyodo)

A man has his temperature checked at the entrance of reopened Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 1, 2020, amid fears of coronavirus infection. (Kyodo) 

A deer is spotted near the Arakawa River in Tokyo on June 2, 2020. (Kyodo)

People spend time at a cafe in Paris on June 2, 2020, as an easing of anti-coronavirus business restrictions in France allowed restaurants, bars and coffee shops to reopen for the first time in about two and a half months. (Kyodo) 

Tsubakuro, the mascot of the Yakult Swallows baseball club, wears a mask at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on June 2, 2020. (Kyodo)

A practice game between the Orix Buffaloes and the SoftBank Hawks is held behind closed doors at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on June 3, 2020. The start of Japanese pro baseball's season was delayed for roughly three months to June 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 

Tokyo's landmark Rainbow Bridge is lit up in red on June 3, 2020, to warn residents about a resurgence in coronavirus infections in the capital. (Kyodo)


Candles are lit in Shimabara, southwestern Japan, on June 3, 2020, as the city in Nagasaki Prefecture marks the 29th anniversary of a huge pyroclastic flow from Mt. Unzen's Fugen Peak which caused the deaths of 43 people. (Kyodo)


Some 6,000 bulbs of Japanese iris are in full bloom at Horikiri Iris Garden in Tokyo on June 3, 2020. (Kyodo)
People rally in Taipei to show their support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, the 31st anniversary of the military crackdown on Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. (Kyodo)

People visit a beach in Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, on June 5, 2020, to dig for clams -- a popular spring leisure activity in Japan. (Kyodo) 

Kumamon, official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, visits a nursery day care center in Kosa in the southwestern Japan prefecture on June 5, 2020, to encourage children to wash their hands and take other infection control measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)

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