Pictures of the Week (Dec. 7 – Dec. 13)

Horse racing: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
Hyogo, Japan – Harp Star is led through the paddock before the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin Racecourse, December 8, 2013. (Photo by Eiichi Yamane/AFLO)

Football/Soccer: 2013 J.League Awards
Yokohama, Japan – The Sanfrecce Hiroshima team group pose on stage during the 2013 J-League Awards at Yokohama Arena, December 10, 2013. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

The 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013 Opening ceremony
Trentino , Italy – The Japan Delegation marches through Trento Main Square during the opening ceremony for the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013, December 11, 2013. (Photo by AFLO SPORT)

Naoto Kan at FCCJ
Tokyo, Japan – Naoto Kan holds up a paper with a quote stating, “The nobelist motive is the public good” during his speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Kan, who was suspended from his own party for supporting a non-official candidate during the Diet’s upper house elections in July, has been back to his activist roots, energetically evangelizing against nuclear power. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

2013 Emperor's Cup and Empress's Cup All Japan Volleyball Championship
Tokyo, Japan – Yu Koshikawa (Thunders) signals to his teammates during the 2013 Emperor’s Cup and Empress’s Cup All Japan Volleyball Championship men’s match between JT Thunders 2-3 Kinki-Univ at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, December 12, 2013. (Photo by Sho Tamura/AFLO)