Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken in Japan and beyond this week.


People wearing face masks take a ride at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on Nov. 14, 2020, amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the country. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


Photo taken Nov. 14, 2020, from Dandong, a Chinese border city by the Yalu River, shows a soldier and hut in North Korea's Sakju County. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken Nov. 15, 2020, shows Poinsettia flowers at a farm in Honjo in Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, ahead of the Christmas season. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki (R) and Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto meet the press after holding talks at the northern Japan prefectural government's office in Sapporo on Nov. 16, 2020. They agreed to ask residents of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, to refrain from non-essential outings due to a surge in coronavirus infections in the region. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken Nov. 17, 2020, from a Kyodo News helicopter shows an area in the Kumamoto Prefecture village of Itsuki in southwestern Japan to be submerged under a controversial dam construction project. Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima said Nov. 19 that he gave the green light to the decades-old project on the Kawabe River, the main branch of the Kuma River that caused deadly flooding during torrential rain in July. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


A street financial monitor in Tokyo's Yaesu business district on Nov. 17, 2020, shows stocks surging across the world, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average (upper center) reaching the 26,000 mark for the first time in more than 29 years. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, surrounded by red maple leaves, is lit during a test on Nov. 17, 2020, a day before the start of special night viewing through Nov. 30. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


Photo taken Nov. 17, 2020, shows an AirAsia Japan plane parked at Chubu airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture. AirAsia Japan Co., the Japanese unit of Malaysia's budget airline AirAsia Group, said the same day it has filed for bankruptcy due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel demand. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (C) visits Tokyo's new National Stadium on Nov. 17, 2020, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the postponed Olympics and Paralympics, as well as athletics events and soccer matches. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Kegon Falls is lit up in the Tochigi Prefecture city of Nikko, eastern Japan, on Nov. 18, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo 

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