Pictures of the Week (September 15 – September 21)

Tokyo, Japan – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, and his Japanese counterpart Satoshi Morimoto shake hands following a joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Monday, Septembeyr 17, 2012. U.S. and Japan have agreed to put a second defense system in Japan aimed at protecting Japan and the U.S. homeland from the North korean threat. Panetta is on his third trip to Asia in 11 months, reflecting the Pentagon’s ongoing shift to put more military focus on the Asia-Pacific. His visit to Japan also included discussions with Morimoto about the deployment of MV-22 Ospreys to the southwestern island of Okinawa, where people have protested the hybrid aircraft’s planned use, saying they are unsafe. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – (L-R) Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida and Fumiyo Kohinata appear at the Japan Premiere for ”OUTRAGE BEYOND” by Takeshi Kitano at Iino Hall in Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2012. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – President Masayoshi Son of SoftBank (L) and actress Aya Ueto (R) conduct the countdown in an event launching Apple’s new smartphone iPhone 5 at the SoftBank’s flagship store in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on Friday, September 21, 2012. Thinner, lighter and larger than its predecessors, the iPhone 5 is sold in the country through two leading mobile phone carriers SoftBank and KDDI. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Apple manias, some wearing iPhone headgear, wait patiently for the opening of the flagship store of Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank as it launches iPhone 5 in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on Friday, September 21, 2012. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda deliverers his acceptance speech following his reelection as the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in its election in Tokyo on Friday, September 21, 2012.  Noda, 55, retained the leadership with the backing of many lawmakers and rank-and-file party members,. He is ready to reshuffle his party executives and Cabinet. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)