Pictures of the Week (July 7 – July 13)

Tokyo, Japan – A bamboo with people’s wishes is lit up with Tokyo Tower in the background during the Tanabata Festival, a traditional festival held on July 7 of every year, at Zojo Temple, July 7, 2012. (Photo by Koichiro Suzuki/AFLO)

Chiba, Japan – Singer Justin Bieber arrives at Narita International Airport, July 9, 2012. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a Japanese TV event, July 11, 2012. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – The Japan women’s team group expresses themselves during the KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP 2012 between Japan and Australia at National Stadium, July 11, 2012. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – A person pets the robotic seal Palo, a therapy robot which can react user’s actions like pettings and greetings. More than 200 of companies exhibit to show their newly innovative products during Micromachine/MEMS ROBOTECH 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight, July 11, 2012. This year’s keyword for this exhibition is “Open Innovation.” (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Ichiro Ozawa leads cheers during a rally to launch a new political party of his own – People’s Lives First – in downtown Tokyo, July 11, 2012. Ozawa broke away from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to protest the consumption tax hike sought by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The 70-year-old stalwart, who will lead the new party formed by 49 fellow lawmakers, vowed to implement administrative reforms as well as to take measures to combat prolonged deflation, adding his party will aim to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear energy to zero in the future in his speech during the launch. (Photo by AFLO)