Pictures of the Week (Feb. 11 – Feb. 17)

Hayama, Japan – A general view between the 2012 Japan National Team and the World Championship Team selection race in Kanagawa, Japan, February 12, 2012. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Protesters march with anti-nuclear signs started from Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, February 11, 2012, who numbered around 12,000 according to the organiser, An antinuclear civic group led by Oe and other activists held anti-nuclear rallies in various city around Japan. The rallies were held as part of the group’s campaign to collect 10 million signatures against nuclear power to submit it to the prime minister.

Tokyo, Japan – Valentines Gifts are displayed in front of Ginza department stores in downtown Tokyo, February 13, 2012. As female workers stock up on last minute gifts for their male colleagues. In Japan, women traditionally give Valentine’s gifts to their friends, family, colleagues and boyfriends. There is a huge choice of confectionary on sale especially in the classy Ginza shopping district. Male counterparts have it much easier as they are supposed to return the favour one month later on March 14th on the White Day Festival. The men are just expected to give gifts to women who already showed them favour on Valentines Day. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Jude Law appears before the Japanese media during a news conference in Tokyo, February 15, 2012. The British screen star was in town to promote his latest movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which is slated to be released on March 10 in Japan. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Osaka, Japan – Front row: (L to R) Yui Takano, Nana Yamada, Sayaka Yamamoto, Ayaka Murakami, Reina Shimada (NMB48) during the Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki press conference at the NMB48 Theater in Osaka, Japan, February 16, 2012. Japanese ladies soccer team Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki held a joint press conference with members of NMB48, the Osaka version of the popular AKB48 idol group. Both women’s soccer and girls idol groups are hugely popular in Japan after the national team’s success at the Womens Soccer World Cup and the growing success of AKB48. (Photo by Akihiro Sugimoto/AFLO)