Pictures of the Week (Feb. 9 – Feb. 15)

The ISU Four Continents Championships 2013
Osaka, Japan – Kanako Murakami performs on ice during the ISU Four Continents Championships 2013, Women’s Singles Short Program at Osaka Municpial Central Gymnasium, February 9, 2013. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Japan's national foundation day
Tokyo, Japan – Festive atmosphere prevailed in Tokyo’s upscale Harajuku area as thousands of revelers packed the fashionable main street leading to Meiji Shrine, celebrating the National Foundation Day, February 11, 2013. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Question and answer session of the Diet lower house Budget Committee
Tokyo, Japan – Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa of the Bank of Japan takes a stand to answer questioned askdc by an opposition lawmaker during a question-and-answer session of the Diet lower house Budget Committee in Tokyo on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso are in the background. (Photo by AFLO)

Job hunting rally in a park in the heart of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan – Hundreds of vocational school would-be graduates are in high spirits during a prep rally for job hunting at a park in the heart of Tokyo on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. According to a labor ministry survey as of October 1, 2012, out of 226,000 would-be graduates from advanced vocational schools across the country in April this year, only 91,000 or 42.6% had job offers from employers. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Quentin Tarantino in Japan to promote Django Unchained
Tokyo, Japan – American director Quentin Jerome Tarantino upon his arrival surrounded by fans during a special screening for “Django Unchained” at Shinjuku Piccadilly in downtown Tokyo, February 13, 2013. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO)