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

 

Nov. 18

A Kyushu Railway Co. special train led by steam locomotive Hitoyoshi departs JR Yatsushiro Station in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, marking the 101st anniversary of the start of its service. The locomotive, built in 1922, will retire in March 2024. (Kyodo)
 
Construction work to elevate railway tracks and platforms is carried out at Tokyo's bustling JR Shibuya Station, partially suspending service on the Yamanote loop line. The works halted about 590 train services over the weekend, with about 640,000 people expected to be affected. (Kyodo)

 

Nov. 19

Ryunosuke Tsukue wins the men's title at the All Japan Squash Championships at Tressa Yokohama near Tokyo. (Kyodo)
 
Japan clinches victory in the Asia Professional Baseball Championship with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over South Korea in the final at Tokyo Dome. (Kyodo)
 

Nov. 20

The Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower, completed this summer at the heart of Tokyo as Japan's tallest skyscraper at a height of 330 meters, is unveiled to the media ahead of its opening later in the week. It beats the previous title holder Abeno Harukas in Osaka by 30 meters and is just slightly shorter than the capital's iconic Tokyo Tower. (Kyodo)
 
U.S. President Joe Biden takes part in the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington. (Kyodo)
 
An over 30-meter-tall Christmas tree is lit up at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka during a media preview ahead of a winter event running from Nov. 21 through Jan. 8. (Kyodo)
 

Nov. 21

Year-end Jumbo "takarakuji" lottery tickets go on sale, drawing long lines to sales booths. (Kyodo)
 
Christmas decorations mimicking newsmakers in 2023 are put up at "Uroko no Ie" (House of Fish Scales), a Western-style house and museum in Kobe's Kitano district. The centerpiece Santa Claus figure is clad in the Hanshin Tigers' uniform to mark the professional baseball team winning their first Japan Series championship since 1985. (Kyodo)
 

Nov. 22

The U.S. Navy invites members of the press onto the Carl Vinson, one of its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, at Busan port on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, one day after North Korea launched a military spy satellite. South Korea said that based on its assessment, the satellite entered orbit. (Kyodo)
 
People walk in Pyongyang, one day after North Korea launched a military spy satellite. (Kyodo)
 
Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of Komeito, the junior partner in Japan's ruling coalition, meets with Cai Qi, the fifth-ranking Communist Party leader, in Beijing and hands him a personal letter from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Kyodo)

Nov. 23

Members of the popular Hanshin Tigers baseball team take part in a celebration parade in the western Japan city of Kobe after the Tigers clinched their first Central League title in 18 years. (Kyodo)
 
People hold a rally outside the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima calling on the Japanese government to attend the upcoming second meeting of parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in New York as an observer. (Kyodo)

Nov. 24

The opening ceremony for the Azabudai Hills complex featuring Japan's newly-built tallest skyscraper, the Mori JP Tower at a height of 330 meters, is held in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Kyodo)

Japan's Shoma Uno performs during the men's short program at the NHK Trophy in the Osaka Prefecture city of Kadoma, western Japan. (Kyodo)

 Sapporo's iconic snow-clearing "Sasara Tram" makes its first run of the season in the northern Japan city. (Kyodo)

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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - Nov. 11~17

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