Pictures of the Week (August 18 – August 24)

Tokyo, Japan – An estimated 500,000 people lined on both sides of the main street of Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district to welcome the Japanese Olympians as they have the first ever homecoming parade on August 20, 2012, to honor their achievements at the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Seventy-six medal-winning athletes waved from atop road open-top double decker bus parading down the boulevard. (Photo by Kaku Kurita/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Olympic medalists of London Olympic Games wave to spectators during a parade in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO APORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Shozo Azuma, Secretary General of People’s Life First Party speaks about the new party’s domestic and foreign policy objectives, including territorial rows with China, South Korea and Russia, stopping the nuclear energy in Japan in 10 years, objection of raising the new law of consumption tax and Japan’s participation to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, in a conference at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, August 23 2012. In July members of former Democratic Party of Japan founded the new party led by Ichiro Ozawa. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Yokohama, Japan – (L to R) Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki, Shizuka Arakawa and Takahiko Kozuka during the Friends on Ice 2012 at the Shin-Yokohama Skate Center, August 23 2012. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

Yokohama, Japan – Akiko Suzuki performs on ice during the Friends on Ice 2012 at Shin-Yokohama Skate Center, August 23, 2012 (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)