Here is a selection of photos taken by Kyodo News photographers this week in Japan and beyond.
A small boat carrying a Tokyo Olympic torch relay runner crosses a river in Ino in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on April 19, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Cherry blossoms bloom near Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on April 21, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A statue symbolizing "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels is pictured on April 21, 2021, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. A South Korean court dismissed the same day a damages lawsuit brought by a group of former "comfort women" against the Japanese government over their treatment during World War II. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on April 21, 2021, shows a ritual offering Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent to the shrine earlier in the day. Suga made the "masakaki" tree offering during a spring festival of the Shinto shrine, seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's past militarism as it honors convicted war criminals along with more than 2.4 million war dead. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Shohei Ohtani (L) is congratulated by Los Angeles Angels teammate Jose Iglesias after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on April 21, 2021, the 100th home run of his combined pro career in Japan and the major leagues. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic look at wisteria flowers at a flower park in Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on April 22, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatic team flies over the venue of the Tonami Tulip Fair in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, on April 22, 2021, its first flyover for the public in about a year. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People cheer a Tokyo Olympic torch relay runner in Ikata in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, on April 22, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - April 10~16
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