Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe (3R) shakes hands with election bureau chief Tateo Kawamura (1L), policy chief Sanae Takaichi (2L), vice president Masahiko Komura (3L), general secretary Shigeru Ishiba (2R) and general council chief Seiko Noda at the LDP headquarters on December 25, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. Abe will be appointed as Japan's new prime minister on December 26.
A Miko, shrine maiden instructs how to dress the costumes to part time shrine maidens in preparation for the New Year celebration at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on December 28, 2012 in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan. The shrine expects more than two million visitors for Hatsumoude, first visit to Shinto shrine during the first three days of the new year.
The first train CHR380A departing to Beijing is seen at Guangzhou South Station on December 26, 2012 in Guangzhou, China. The train connect 2,298 kilometers between Beijing and Guangzhou within eight hours.