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

Photo taken on July 4, 2021, shows a ring-entering ceremony by yokozuna Hakuho as the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament opens in the central Japan city. Grand sumo is being held outside Tokyo for the first time in 16 months due to the COVID-19 situation. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Search and rescue operations for missing persons are under way on July 4, 2021, at the site of a large mudslide triggered by torrential rain in the Shizuoka Prefecture hot spring resort city of Atami, southwest of Tokyo, the previous day. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on July 5, 2021, shows a giant version of a Tokyo Olympic gold medal at Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo. The giant medal, 2.5 meters in diameter, and other Olympic-related items, including an Olympic torch, will be on display until Aug. 15 as part of a cultural project aimed at promoting the Tokyo Olympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A boat carrying a Tokyo Olympic torch sails down the Arakawa River as part of the torch relay on July 7, 2021, in Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken July 7, 2021, shows buildings in the athletes' village for the Tokyo Olympics in the capital's Harumi waterfront district. The village pre-opened the same day ahead of the start of the games on July 23. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People offer flowers at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on July 8, 2021, marking the 27th anniversary of the death of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A citizen gets a COVID-19 test in Seoul on July 8, 2021. South Korea logged a record 1,275 daily coronavirus infections the previous day, eclipsing the previous daily high of 1,240 set back in December. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People walk in Tokyo's Shibuya area on July 8, 2021, as the Japanese government decides to place the capital under a fresh COVID-19 state of emergency amid a surge in infections. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A woman protests against International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach's visit to Japan on a street in Tokyo's Shinjuku area on July 8, 2021, following his arrival in the country earlier in the day. Seen in the background is a large screen showing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meeting the press in Tokyo over his government's decision to place the capital under a fresh COVID-19 state of emergency amid a recent surge in infections. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Water spurts out of a manhole in Hiroshima, western Japan, on July 8, 2021, due to heavy rain. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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