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


Fireworks are set off in the Akita Prefecture city of Daisen, northeastern Japan, on Aug. 29, 2020, with the hope of an early end to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 
Women wearing "yukata" cotton kimono walk on the Nakamise shopping street in Tokyo's Asakusa area on Aug. 29, 2020. (Kyodo)


Rikako Ikee (center), who revealed in February 2019 she had leukemia, starts in the women's 50-meter freestyle at a meet in Tokyo on Aug. 29, 2020, marking her return to competitive swimming. (Kyodo) 


Visitors and staff watch as Carousel El Dorado makes its final run during the closing ceremony of the 94-year-old Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo on Aug. 31, 2020. A new theme park based on the Harry Potter films is scheduled to open at the site in 2023. (Kyodo)


A woman dances during a ceremony in Tokyo on Sept. 1, 2020, commemorating Korean people who were murdered in the chaos after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. (Kyodo) 


A photo panel of Kinkaku-ji temple is set up for visitors in front of the pond facing the World Heritage-listed temple as work to rethatch its roof gets under way in Kyoto, western Japan, on Sept. 1, 2020. (Kyodo)


A public toilet, created by architect Shigeru Ban to be transparent when not occupied, is pictured at a park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Sept. 3, 2020. The high-tech glass stalls in the toilets become opaque when the user locks the door. (Kyodo)
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels takes fielding practice at first base prior to a game against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 3, 2020, in Anaheim, California. (Kyodo) 
Shigeru Ishiba, a former secretary general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, visits a hair salon in a parliament building in Tokyo on Sept. 4, 2020. Ishiba has declared his candidacy in the Sept. 14 LDP presidential election to choose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's successor. (Kyodo) 



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