World Boxing Organization President Francisco Varcarcel (3R) and Japan Boxing Commission Commissioner Yuko Hayashi (4L) and other board members pose for photographs during a press conference on February 18, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. JBC have only approved and joined World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC).
A topless protester is taken away by police officers at a polling station where former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was casting his vote on February 24, 2013 in Milan, Italy. Three half-naked protesters with 'Basta Berlusconi' ('Enough With Berlusconi') written on their backs rushed toward Berlusconi but failed to reach him.
Thousands fill St. Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI gives his last Angelus noon prayer at his final Sunday blessing before step down on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415.
A female participant tries to lift 90-kilogram rice cake during Mochi-Age 'rice cake lifting' as a part of Godai-Rikison Ninno-ue festival at Daigoji Temple on February 23, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. 92 participants compete how long they can hold the rice cake, that weighs 150-kilogram for men and 90-kilogram for women.
Japanese semiconductor maker Kyocera new President Goro Yamaguchi (R) and President Tetsuo Kuba listens during a press conference on February 21, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Yamaguchi is officially appointed as president on April 1.
Visitors take photographs with the snow wall at Sukayu hot spring area on February 21, 2013 in Aomori, Japan. 515 centimeters of snow fall is observed at 1 p.m, breaks the former record of 502 centimeters in 1979.
In this aerial image, Japanese cedar pollen blown by northwest wind scatter, forming a yellowish cloud over the area on February 20, 2013 in Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan. The dispersion and hay fever season arrives in Japan.