Here is our selection of news photos taken in Japan and beyond by Kyodo News photographers this week.
Cincinnati Reds rookie Shogo Akiyama (center) and teammates kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the club's 2020 season opener against the Detroit Tigers on July 24, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Kyodo)
People dressed as armored warriors take part in a traditional festival dating back 1,000 years in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on July 25, 2020. Horse racing, the festival's main event, will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
War veterans arrive in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 25, 2020, to attend a national conference of war veterans on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. (Kyodo)
People walk in Osaka's Umeda district on July 26, 2020, wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The western Japan prefecture reported 141 new coronavirus cases the same day, exceeding the 100 mark for the fifth consecutive day. (Kyodo)
A rainbow is seen over Tokyo's Haneda airport on July 26, 2020. (Kyodo)
Visitors wearing masks enjoy a Milky Way-themed illumination at the main observation deck of Tokyo Tower on July 28, 2020. (Kyodo)
Photo taken on July 29, 2020, shows an interior of the recently renovated Nippon Budokan hall, which was unveiled to the media about one year ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The indoor arena will be used as the venue of judo and karate during the Tokyo Games in 2021. (Kyodo)
A Tokyo metropolitan government sticker is displayed at the entrace of a Japanese-style bar in Tokyo to certify that adequate anti-coronavirus measures have been taken there. Few people were seen at the bar on July 30, 2020, when Tokyo reported 367 new coronavirus cases, a single-day record at the time. (Kyodo)
The scene of an explosion that left one person dead and 17 others injured in Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture as seen from a Kyodo News helicopter on July 30, 2020. The explosion occurred at a "shabu shabu"-style hot pot restaurant in an area with homes and restaurants and is believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (Kyodo)
Pickled plums are spread on racks to dry in the sun to make "umeboshi" in Wakayama Prefecture on July 30, 2020. (Kyodo)
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