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


The Tokyo Skytree broadcasting tower is lit up in blue, the official color of the United Nations, on World Refugee Day on June 20, 2020. (Kyodo)


Passengers wait at a shinkansen bullet train platform of JR Tokyo Station on June 20, 2020, the first weekend since Japan lifted its final advisories on inter-prefecture travel, based on the belief that the spread of the novel coronavirus has been kept in check. (Kyodo)


Composite photo shows a partial solar eclipse seen from Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on June 21, 2020. (Kyodo)


Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum in Yokohama, near Tokyo, reopens on June 22, 2020, following its months-long closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. The museum featuring superhero Anpanman, one of Japan's most popular anime characters, accepts visitors after having checked their temperatures and taken measures to enable them to maintain social distancing. (Kyodo) 


A woman watches Humboldt penguins at Saitama Children's Zoo in Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, on June 22, 2020. The zoo reopened the same day after being temporarily closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)


Children pray at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle in Okinawa that claimed over 200,000 lives, including large numbers of local civilians as well as Japanese and U.S. combatants. (Kyodo)


A large blowfish lantern, a famous landmark in Osaka, hangs in front of Zuboraya, a traditional blowfish restaurant in the Shinsekai downtown area in the western Japan city, on June 23, 2020. The restaurant with a history of 100 years will shut down in September. (Kyodo)
People visit the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo on June 23, 2020, as it reopens after being closed for about four months due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. (Kyodo) 


Meals are prepared on a houseboat exclusively used for dinner parties anchored in the Sumida River in Tokyo on June 24, 2020, as member companies of the Tokyo Yakatabune Association give free lunches for three days to medical workers on the front lines of the fight against the new coronavirus. (Kyodo)
People walk in Tokyo's Kabukicho nightlife district on June 24, 2020. The Japanese capital reported 55 new coronavirus cases the same day, the highest figure since early May. (Kyodo)


Cube-shaped watermelons are lined up in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, on June 24, 2020, for the season's first shipments. The ornamental watermelons are grown in square plastic containers and they carry a wholesale price of around 10,000 yen ($94) a piece. (Kyodo) 


Passengers (R) check in at Narita airport near Tokyo on June 25, 2020, before boarding a chartered flight to Vietnam's Van Done. A total of about 440 businesspeople will travel from Japan to Vietnam on three chartered flights as the first step in easing travel restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo) 
People head to the just reopened Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 25, 2020, following a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 


About 10,000 sardines swim at the Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido on June 25, 2020. (Kyodo) 
Annual water release begins at Kurobe Dam in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on June 26, 2020. Japan's tallest dam at 186 meters in height and a popular tourist site, it will be discharging up to 15 tons of water per second at designated hours until Oct. 15. (Kyodo)

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