In rapidly ageing Japan, more people are dying alone and unnoticed. Specialist clean-up crews are on hand to cleanse "lonely death" apartments once their passing is spotted, including placing incense and flowers. In March, the body of a man in his 80s was found on the floor of his apartment in Tokyo. He had been dead for a month. The family didn't visit and the only reason for the body's discovery was the slight smell that troubled the downstairs neighbour. In a country where around 5 million elderly people live alone, the number of decaying bodies found in empty homes is expected to soar.Open this photogallery >
The cherry trees in Tokyo are back with their yearly spectacle of being in bloom.
Each year this beautiful sight of nature at it's finest, draws thousands and thousand of people to, amongst others the Chidorigafuchi moat in Tokyo.
The European Union plans to impose strict new rules on how companies scrap old tankers and cruise liners, run aground and dismantled on beaches in South Asia. However the practice in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, hazardous for humans and the environment, will still be hard to stop. European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from the revamped standards. Depending on raw material prices, ship owners can make up to $500 per tonne of steel from an Indian yard, compared with $300 in China and just $150 in Europe.Open this photogallery >
We've done our best again to bring you some of the best and most impressive images from the past 7 days.Open this photogallery >
A tour through a Google Datacenter.Read this topic >