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

Photo taken on Nov. 6, 2021, shows German frigate Bayern at Tokyo International Cruise Terminal. The frigate arrived in Tokyo on Nov. 5, becoming Germany's first military vessel to make a port call in Japan in nearly 20 years. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Anna Shcherbakova of Russia performs in the women's free program en route to winning gold in Gran Premio d'Italia, the third event of the Grand Prix figure skating series, in Turin, Italy, on Nov. 6, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
An annual water-discharge fire drill is held on Nov. 7, 2021, in Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage site famous for traditional "gassho-zukuri" thatched farmhouses in the Gifu Prefecture village of Shirakawa, central Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Combined photo taken from 1:46 p.m. to 3:01 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2021, in Tokyo shows an occultation of Venus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo shows visitors and autumn leaves at Ankoku temple in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, on Nov. 8, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Nippon Ham Fighters manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo is seen on top of a vehicle at the baseball club's offseason training site in Kunigami, Okinawa Prefecture, on Nov. 8, 2021, wearing a mask for protection against the coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A Christmas parade is shown to the media at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Nov. 8, 2021, a day before the start of special Christmas events at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Students who want to become emergency medical technicians train with virtual reality goggles at International Medical and Welfare College in Chiba, Japan, on Nov. 9, 2021, as on-site training has been restricted amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The Epsilon-5 rocket carrying nine satellites lifts off from Uchinoura Space Center in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima on Nov. 9, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Fumio Kishida (front C) poses for photos with his Cabinet members after being re-elected as Japan's prime minister by parliament in Tokyo on Nov. 10, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A man prays before a condolence book stand for Japanese novelist and Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi at Tokushima Prefectural Museum of Literature and Calligraphy in Tokushima, western Japan, on Nov. 12, 2021, a day after her recent death was reported. Setouchi had served as honorary director of the museum. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Elementary school students gather at a school gymnasium in Niigata on Nov. 12, 2021, to express their wish that Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old abducted by North Korea on her way home from school in the Sea of Japan coastal city in 1977, should be returned. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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