Flooding from torrential rain in central Japan swamped the city of Joso, just northeast of Tokyo, washing some houses away and stranding residents who were rescued by military helicopters.
In other photos from around Asia last week, a key suspect in last month's bombing in Bangkok smiled with police during a re-enactment at the blast site. Thai authorities often make the accused go through the motions of their alleged crimes, although the practice has been criticized by legal experts.
Tragedy struck central India when dozens of people were killed at restaurant by an exploding cooking gas cylinder, which then triggered a second blast of mine detonators stored illegally nearby.
Singapore's ruling party's victory in weekend elections was never in doubt. It won 83 of 89 seats in Parliament. The party has taken every election since the island nation's independence in 1965.
Taiwan held military exercises in which it simulated attacks by rival China, while South Korean army special forces members showed off martial art skills during an event marking an important Korean War battle.
In Indian-controlled Kashmir, residents hurled stones at police to protest a court ruling. Further south, a naked Hindu holy man jumped into a river during the Pitcher Festival as part of a cleansing ritual.
In World Cup soccer qualifying action, Uzbekistan scored against the Philippines, while Danish teammates celebrated their victory over a Japanese duo during the Japan Open badminton championship.
Visitors snapped photos during a "Van Gogh Alive" multimedia exhibit at a Beijing shopping mall that included over 3,000 images of the Dutch painter's work.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Hiroshi Otabe in Tokyo.