Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken in Japan and beyond this week.
People wearing face masks walk in Osaka on Dec. 5, 2020, the first weekend after the Osaka prefectural government asked residents to refrain from nonessential outings through Dec. 15, raising its coronavirus alert level from "yellow" to "red," meaning "emergency." (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Kanako Watanabe swims en route to winning the women's 200-meter breaststroke final at the national swimming championships at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Dec. 6, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The sun sets over the sea as seen from a beach in Sukumo in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on Dec. 6, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Making of "hamaya" decorative arrows for New Year is under way at Atsuta Jingu shrine in Nagoya, central Japan, on Dec. 7, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on Dec. 7, 2020, shows a cargo vessel on fire off the Hiroshima Prefecture town of Osakikamijima in western Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Flowers are left at John Lennon's memorial, Strawberry Fields, in New York's Central Park on Dec. 8, 2020, the 40th anniversary of the legendary musician's death. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People wearing face masks walk in Osaka's Umeda area on Dec. 9, 2020, amid the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki talks about anti-coronavirus measures during a press conference in Sapporo, northern Japan, on Dec. 10, 2020. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - November 28~December 4
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - November 7 ~ 13