Anti-China protesters march on toward Chinese Embassy on December 9, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Territorial tension heightens over the South China Sea as a Chinese vessel cut the cable of survey ship of the Vietnam's state-owned oil company at the end of November.
PAC-3 patriot missile is deployed while Japan Coast Guard vessel Hakusan patrols in preparation for the North Korea's long range missile launch on December 5, 2012 in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan. Japan deploys PAC-3 missiles to Okinawa and Tokyo in responce to North Korea's announcement that they will launch 'the satellite' between December 10 and 22.
A shopping street is illuminated as a part of the 18th Kobe Luminarie on December 3, 2012 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. The annual illumination event, begun in 1995 to commemorate the victims of Hanshin Awaji Great Earthquake, will be taken place from December 6 to 17 this year.
Maiko and Geiko are seen at Minamiza Theatre on December 3, 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual event is called ''Kagai-Soken', Maiko and Geiko go to the thatre to see Kabuki play, to learn dance and music.
Vietnamese police officers forcely remove anti-China protesters marching on toward the Chinese Embassy on December 9, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Territorial tension heightens over the South China Sea as a Chinese vessel cut the cable of survey ship of the Vietnam's state-owned oil company at the end of November. 17 core members of the rally were arrested.
Workers set the gate to divide the area on December 7, 2012 in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan. Japanese government reclassified the area where 96 percent of Okuma city residents used to live as 'residents will face difficulties in returning for a long time' according to the radiation contamination level, will apply on December 10.