Pictures of the Week (Jan. 23 – Jan. 27)

Tokyo, Japan – (L to R) Sara Takanashi (JPN), Sumire Kikuchi (JPN), JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda, Hirofumi Hirano Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology during a visit to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry after returning Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, January 24, 2011 (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Emperor Akihito formally declares the opening of the ordinary session of Japan’s parliament in its upper chamber in Tokyo on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The 150-day regular session kicked off with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda delivering his policy speech. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokorozawa, Japan – Residents walk their dogs in a snow-covered park in Tokorozawa, January 24, 2012. Snow fell in the Metropolitan Tokyo area from Monday night through early Tuesday morning, causing disruption of transportation services and people to slip and suffer injuries. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Ruling Party DPJ Diet Member Kumiko Hayakawa appeared as ring girl at Korakuen Hall for a Championship Boxing Match on January, 2012. The 41 year old member of parliament appeared 3 times as a round girl wearing sexy hot pants and a black leather midriff baring costume. She received encouragement from fans shouting “Kumi-chan” and “Next time in swimwear!” (Yamaguchi Hiroaki/AFLO)