Pictures of the Week (Jan. 18 – Jan. 24)

Japan Liberal Democratic Party Annual Convention
Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives three rousing Banzai cheers along with other members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party at the conclusion of its annual convention at a Tokyo hotel on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Abe vowed that he will carry out economic and tax policy in July to balance the potential impacts that would be brought by the planned sales tax hike in April. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa press conference
Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s former Prime Minister Morihito Hosokawa poses for a crowd of photographers before announcing his candidacy in the February 9 gubernatorial election during a news conference at the Tokyo City Hall on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, one day before official kick-off of election campaigning. Hosokawa, 76, will campaign side by side on the non-nuclear platform with outspoken ex-Premier Junichciro Koizumi, who has championed the immediate elimination of nuclear power plants across the country. (Photo by AFLO)

New Android smart phones and tablets from KDDI
Tokyo, Japan – Models display two new Android smartphones during a launch by KDDI of a line of four new smartphones and a tablet computer for 2014 spring in Tokyo Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Both Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, right, features a 6.4-inch display and G Flex LGL23 by South Korea’s LG Electronics a six-inch curved glass panel, the first of such from KDDI. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Morihiro Hosokawa kick-off campaign
Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s former prime ministers, Morihiro Hosokawa, left, and Junichiro Koizumi, wrap-up their kick-off campaign for the February 9 gubernatorial election in front of the City Hall at Tokyo’s Shinjuku district on Wednesday, January 23, 2014. Hosokawa, 76, is ne of the four major candidates vying for the office of a megalopolis with 130 million people and nearly 13 trillion yen annual budget. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)