Pictures of the Week (Nov. 21 – Nov. 25)

Tokyo, Japan – In his shirt sleeves, Michael Woodford, former Chief Executive Officer of Japan’s Olympus Corp., pounds away the management of the 92-year-old camera and endoscope maker as he speaks before the foreign and domestic media during a news conference at the Foreign Press Club in Tokyo on Friday, November 25, 2011. Woodford returned to Japan for the first time since he was ousted last month for openly questioning the dubious advisory fees paid over the acquisition of a British medical equipment maker, the center of criminal investigations. Earlier today, he attended an Olympus board meeting for a face-to-face showdown with the group that fired him. The Briton met with Tokyo prosecutors Thursday to discuss the company’s attempt to cover up investment losses. He is scheduled to meet members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission during his stay in the country. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

(File Photo) Hiratsuka, Japan – In the file photo released on November 25, 2011 shows Shoji Tanaka, 66, Chief Executive Officer of Cosmo Power Co., Ltd., standing between two Noah’s Ark safety capsules in his company factory in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, October 20, 2011. Shoji came up with the idea to make Noah’s Ark after watching the torrential rain that hit Kyushu approximately 4 years ago. His primary vision for the company is to make products that can save as many people in the future from large natural disasters. The construction process to fully complete a single capsule takes one day but the company aims to make 20 per day. There are currently two models of the safety capsules that can fit up to 4 people (1,200mm) (priced at 315,000 Japanese Yen) and 6 people (1,500mm) (priced at 471,450 Japanese Yen). There has been a demand of buyers for Noah’s Ark from countries such as the United States, Brazil, China, Thailand, Bangladesh and New Zealand, however, the company is not ready to sell overseas at present. Shoji mentioned that he plansto make a more advanced model of Noah’s Ark in the near future. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Moscow, Russia – Mao Asada (JPN) makes a striking pose on the ice during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2011/2012 Rostelecom Cup of Russia Practice at the Sports Palace Megasport in Moscow, Russia, November 24, 2011 (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Snowboarder Zac Marben (USA) jumps in the air during the “Burton Rail Days presented by MINI” snowboarding event at Roppongi Hills Arena in downtown Tokyo, November 19, 2011 (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Bhutan’s Queen Jetsun Pema (left) and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (right), both seen in the background, visit the Kodokan Judo Hall on November 17th 2011. The royal couple watch judo demonstration during six-day visit to Japan. (Photo by Yutaka/AFLO)