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

Photo shows rhythmic gymnasts of Japan's national team, wearing face masks to protect against the novel coronavirus, during a test event for the Tokyo Olympics at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on May 8, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Ryuji Miura of Japan competes en route to winning the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in an athletics Olympic test event at the National Stadium in Tokyo on May 9, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken May 10, 2021, shows a COVID-19 vaccination center for senior citizens set up at the Hyogo Ward office in Kobe, western Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Sumo wrestlers gather on the raised ring on the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on May 11, 2021, being held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A taxi driver waits for customers in front of a department store in Osaka's Minami area on May 11, 2021, with the western Japan prefecture under a coronavirus state of emergency. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Combined photo shows Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani (from L) playing right field in the eighth inning, pitching and hitting a single in the seventh, all in one game against the Houston Astros on May 11, 2021, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People wearing masks walk in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture on May 12, 2021. The central Japanese prefecture came under a coronavirus state of emergency the same day amid a surge of infections. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Chum salmon fry swim after being released into the Nishibetsu River in Shibecha in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on May 12, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Uyghurs and other Muslims pray at a mosque in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang autonomous region on May 13, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on May 13, 2021, shows blocks of ice made at an ice shop in Tokyo. Revenues are slumping at the ice maker, which supplies ice to about 1,400 bars and restaurants in the capital, currently barred from serving liquor under a coronavirus state of emergency. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Kenji Utsunomiya, a former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, attends a press conference at the metropolitan government headquarters in Tokyo on May 14, 2021, after submitting a petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics that has received over 350,000 signatures. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People wearing masks walk in Hiroshima, western Japan, on May 14, 2021. The Japanese government is set to add Hiroshima Prefecture to the ongoing coronavirus state of emergency from May 16, along with Hokkaido and Okayama Prefecture. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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