Pictures of the Week (Dec. 5 – Dec. 9)

Nozomi Okuhara attempts to hit the birdie during the 65th All Japan Badminton Championships Women’s Singles at Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, December 8, 2011. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

President Shuichi Takayama of the scandal-hit Olympus Corp. closes his eyes during a news conference at a Tokyo hotel on December 7, 2011, a day after an independent panel set up by the Japanese optical equipment company released the results of its investigation into the company’s cover-up of investment losses. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

A Japanese cosplayer poses for a online movie during the “TOKYO NICONICO COSPLLECTION” at the nicofarre, in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, December 4, 2011. This event introduces Japanese cosplay culture through the unprecedented show which showcases a virtual world of Japanese anime, games and Vocaloids. More than 100 famous cosplayers dressed up as popular characters. (Photo by Tomoyuki Kaya/AFLO)

Kunihiro Shimizu (JPN) reacts during the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cup 2011,4th Round Tokyo (A) during the match between Japan 0-3 Brazil at 1st Yoyogi Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Kashiwa Reysol Team Group (Reysol) cheer with excitement during the 2011 J.LEAGUE Division 1, 34th Sec match between Urawa Red Diamonds 1-3 Kashiwa Reysol at Saitama Stadium 2002, Kanagawa, Japan, December 3, 2011. (Photo by Daiju Kitamura/AFLO SPORT)