Teams of elaborately attired dancers shake their tail feathers to the beat of Samba, parading down the streets of Tokyo's downtown Asakusa during an annual carnival on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
About 4,700 dancers in 19 teams performed under the scorching sun in the main street of Asakusa, Japan's most famous tourists' spot, before tens of thousands of spectators in the Asakusa Samba Carnival, the biggest of its kind in the country.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)