Pictures of the Week (Apr. 12 – Apr. 18)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joins cherry blossoms viewing party
Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose with guests for a photo session at a cherry blossoms viewing party hosted by the premier at Shinjuku-Gyoen Park, 12 April 2014. (Photo by Motoo Naka/AFLO)

2014 J2 - Yokohama FC 0-1 FC Gifu
Yokohama, Japan – Nazarit (FC Gifu) in action during the 2014 J.LEAGUE Division 2 between Yokohama FC 0-1 FC Gifu at NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium, April 13, 2014. (Photo by Yohei Osada/AFLO SPORT)

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo at FCCJ
Tokyo, Japan – The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Hashim Thaci attends a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on April 14, 2014. Japan was one of the first countries to recognize Thaci’s nation soon after the declaration of independence. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Sochi Olympic medalist honor ceremony
Tokyo, Japan – Sochi Olympic medalists (Top row L-R) Ayana Onozuka, Taku Hiraoka, Daiki Ito, Taku Takeuchi, Reruhi Shimizu, and (bottom row L-R) Ayumu Hirano, Noriaki Kasai, Akito Watabe, Tomoka Takeuchi during a honors ceremony held at the Tokyo Prince Hotel, April 16, 2014. (Photo by AFLO SPORT)

STAP: press conference in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan – Yoshiki Sasai, a co-author of controversial research papers on a new stem cell mechanism, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, April 16, 2014. Sasai, deputy director of Japan’s Riken Center for Development Biology, supervised the so-called STAP cell research and the papers written by lead author Haruko Obokata, who has been accused of falsifying and fabricating parts of the study. Sasai, who was held responsible for his failure to verify the accuracy of the data before submitting the data to Nature, has agreed to retract the documents. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)