As post-tsunami rebuilding gets under way, government seeks to create a model of 'green' planning.
Support centers that offer activities are part of plans by Japan's government and aid agencies to head off isolation among the elderly struggling in the wake of the March tsunami.
A week into his new job, Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned after making remarks widely criticized as offensive during a visit to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast.
In one town devastated by the tsunami, some 400 temporary housing units and a soy sauce business offer hope. But some 4,000 more units are needed.
Novice Thai nuns walk along a pond at the Sathira-Dhammasathan Buddhist meditation center in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday. Over 50 girls, between 5 and 12 years old, were ordained as nuns for 10 days after going through three months of training. The center, founded in 1987, is a learning community for peace and harmony that has programs open to people regardless of age and gender.
Hotel guests check their mobile phones for earthquake news after they evacuated the building following a 7.1 earthquake, in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, on April 8. Japan was rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast.
Elephant calf George walks in line as his mother Karishma holds his tail during an event staged for the media at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England. George joined the herd on their daily walkabout to mark his first birthday, following training by his keepers to ensure that he can walk trunk to tail without wandering off or getting distracted by the busy zoo.
An anti-government protester, his face painted with the colours of his national flag looks on during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have packed a main square in the capital and are on the march elsewhere across the nation, demanding the country's ruler of 32 years step down. Arabic reads on his face, 'Leave.'