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A Tokyo Metro worker, wearing goggle and protective mask, sprays chemicals to make anti-virus coating inside a passenger car at its depot Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Tokyo. The subway company plans to disinfect all 2720 cars by mid August this year, Kyodo News reported.  Japan lifted a seven-week pandemic state emergency in late May, and social and business activity have since largely resumed. (Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: India's cases jump, transmission rate increases

Jul. 9, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections Thursday and its transmission rate is increasing for the first time since March. The new cases bring the total in the world’s third worst-affected country to 767,296. India’s health ministry said the COVID-19 death toll...

A currency trader gestures at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global stocks follow Wall Street higher after tech gains

Jul. 9, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday after further gains for major U.S. tech stocks. London and Frankfurt gained at the opening while Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong and Australia closed higher. U.S. stocks have recovered most of this year’s losses, helping to...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Tokyo sees most new virus infections since April

Jul. 9, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

TOKYO — The Japanese capital has confirmed more than 220 new coronavirus infections, exceeding its previous record. The number reported Thursday exceeds 206 daily cases recorded on April 17 when Tokyo’s infections were at their peak. Health officials say the majority of recent cases are linked to...

A currency trader gestures at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after tech gains

Jul. 8, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia rose. U.S. stocks have recovered most of this year’s losses, helping to push up global prices, despite rising numbers of...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as uncertainty over the pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mixed as pandemic saps buying momentum

Jul. 7, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday as uncertainty over the pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. The selling followed a deeper pullback on Wall Street and in France, Germany and elsewhere after the European Union’s executive arm said this...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, as some benchmarks were buoyed by an ongoing worldwide rally as investors bet on a dramatic economic turnaround amid ongoing challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asia markets slip as virus outbreaks mute hopes for rebound

Jul. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Markets were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dimmed hopes for a global recovery, despite an overnight rally in tech shares that pushed the Nasdaq composite to another record high. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.6% to 22,577.65 and South Korea's Kospi...

Tokyo's newly reelected Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, meets Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Koike assured Mori that she plans to continue working with him on achieving the games, and agreed to his proposal to set up a meeting among officials from the government, Tokyo and Olympic organizers to discuss COVID-19 countermeasures. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Jul. 6, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the organizing committee, the...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, left, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Gov. Koike, who won her second term to head the Japanese capital in Sunday's election, met with her political rival, Prime Minister Abe and agreed to cooperate in their effort to fight against the coronavirus and to safely achieve the Olympics next year. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics

Jul. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s newly reelected governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year. Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after winning her second term in an overwhelming...

A woman wearing a face mask stands in front of a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, July 6, 2020. Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors looked ahead for data they hope will support optimism about a global economic recovery. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asia stocks rise as investors shrug off virus worries

Jul. 6, 2020 4:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off rising coronavirus cases in the United States and some other countries. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia advanced. Markets rose last week after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data despite some American states...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks at a news conference after winning a second term to head the Japanese capital, in Tokyo Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor wins 2nd term, buoyed by handling of virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. In her victory speech,...