Here is a selection of photos taken by Kyodo News photographers this week in Japan and beyond.
Fans wearing masks to protect against the novel coronavirus cheer for the Chiba Jets during Game 2 of the B-League basketball championship against the Utsunomiya Brex on May 30, 2021, at Yokohama Arena near Tokyo. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Elderly people receive coronavirus vaccine on May 31, 2021, at Noevir Stadium Kobe in western Japan. The football stadium in Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture opened the same day as a COVID-19 mass vaccination site. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on June 1, 2021, shows a masked lion statue at an entrance to a Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza area. All floors opened at the department store as coronavirus-related commercial restrictions eased in the capital the same day. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
AI-equipped humanoid robots place deep-fried chicken and sliced cabbage into lunchboxes at the Fooma Japan 2021 exhibition in Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on June 1, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Members of the Australian softball team arrive at Narita airport near Tokyo on June 1, 2021, to take part in a training camp in Ota in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics starting in July. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Ural owl chicks perch on a tree in the Ishikari area of Hokkaido, northern Japan, on June 2, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken June 3, 2021, from a Kyodo News airplane shows a U.S. military helicopter in a field on Tsuken Island of Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. The UH-1 helicopter with five crew members belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on board made an emergency off-base landing in the field the previous night. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Tokyo Olympic torch relay participants lie sprawled in a circle during an alternative event for the torch relay in Toyama, central Japan, on June 3, 2021. The torch relay was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Beijing's Tiananmen Gate is pictured on June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on the pro-democracy protests in and around Tiananmen Square. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Coronavirus vaccine is loaded onto a Japan Airlines plane before its departure from Narita airport near Tokyo for Taiwan on June 4, 2021. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced the government's decision earlier in the day to provide 1.24 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken June 4, 2021, shows the interior of a new outlet of Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo that opened the same day in Asakusa, one of Tokyo's major sightseeing spots. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - May 22~28
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