Pictures of the Week (Aug. 15 – Aug. 21)

70th Anniversary End of World War II
Tokyo, Japan – Japan Marks The 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II on August 15, 2015, Tokyo, Japan. Under the scorching summer sun, thousands of people visited Yasukuni Shrine to pay their respect to the World War II war dead. (Photo by Alessandro di Ciommo/AFLO)

ANA presents Star Wars airplanes
Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s All Nippon Airways presents three designs for its Star Wars-themed airplanes during a press conference, August 18, 2015. ANA, which signed a five-year promotion license contract with the Walt Disney Co. last April, said that the Star Wars flights will feature the movie characters also in the headrest covers, napkins, cups and in-flight decorations. The iconic R2-D2 droid from the original Star Wars movies, as well as the new droid BB-8, which will appear in new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” will feature on the airplane liveries, and all 6 of the Star Wars films to-date will be included in the in-flight entertainment system. According to ANA, some of the Star Wars-themed jetliners might also operate on international routes. (Photo by Pasya/AFLO)

Sunflower Festival in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan – Visitors take pictures of sunflowers during the Kiyose sunflower festival, August 19, 2015. Approximately 100,000 sunflowers are in full bloom at the Kiyose sunflower festival which is is held from August 16 to 30. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Swimming : 2015 All-Japan Inter High School Championships
Kyoto, Japan – Ippei Miyamoto in action during the 2015 All-Japan Inter High School Championships, Men’s 100m Butterfly Final, August 20, 2015. (Photo by Sho Tamura/AFLO SPORT)

House of Councillors special committee debates security-related bills
Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ponders as deliberations on the security-related bills continues at the House of Councillors special committee in Tokyo on Friday, August 21, 2015. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)