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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Asian shares logged moderate losses on Thursday and U.S. futures turned higher after the S&P 500 slid 3.5% overnight for its biggest drop since June. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Wall Street steadies itself following encouraging reports

Oct. 29, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting upward on Thursday as a couple reports on the economy that were better than expected help to stabilize Wall Street following its worst rout in four months. The S&P 500 was 0.6% higher following encouraging data on the pace of layoffs and on how powerfully the...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, Japan's Kohei Uchimura performs on the rings during the men's team final of the Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. Japan's Kyodo news agency has reported that Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19 and comes just over a week before an international gymnastics meet that will test countermeasures against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Uchimura positive for COVID-19 just a week before key meet

Oct. 29, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two-time defending Olympic champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was reported by the Kyodo news agency on Thursday and comes just over a week before an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo that will test countermeasures against the...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, a worker in a hazmat suit carries a hose while working at a water treatment facility at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, Oct. 28, that his government is carefully working on final details on a release of the massive amount of treated but still radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, after a speculated decision of a release to the sea by the end of October has triggered fierce protests from fishermen around the country. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon

Oct. 28, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release massive amounts of radioactive water being stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, a decision that has been delayed by protests. More than nine years after the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, visitors walk past a logo of Sony at Sony Building in Tokyo. Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Sony's profits rise as pandemic has people playing games

Oct. 28, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic, the company said Wednesday. Tokyo-based Sony reported a 459.6 billion yen ($4.4 billion) profit in...

This undated photo provided by 2020 UNDERDOG FILM PARTNERS shows film director Masaharu Take at the movie set of Underdog. Take's films have always focused on painful stories about Japan’s

Tokyo festival opens with grueling boxing 'Underdog' film

Oct. 28, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Masaharu Take’s films have always focused on painful stories about Japan's “under-class,” people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do. The heroes of his latest work, “Underdog,” couldn’t be more beaten down,...

A diver demonstrates during a grand opening ceremony of Tokyo Aquatics Center Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee held the grand opening ceremony Saturday at the aquatics center, planned to host Olympic artistic swimming, diving and swimming and Paralympics swimming events in 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic swim venue ready and now comes hard part: COVID-19

Oct. 24, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo opened its new Olympic swimming venue on Saturday, and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike pointed out that it was finished eight months ago, just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the coronavirus. “We have now completed all the new venues,” Koike...

Scholars decry Japan PM's academic panel rejections

Oct. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Scholars who had their recommendations to join Japan's national academy denied by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the rejection was unconstitutional. Suga’s refusal to approve the appointments of six professors out of a slate of 105 to the state-funded Science Council of...

British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, left, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi exchange agreement documents for economic partnership between Japan and Britain at Iikura Annex of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Japan and Britain signed a bilateral free trade deal Friday in the the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on Yorkshire lamb sold in Japan, as well as auto parts for Japan’s Nissan plant. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era

Oct. 23, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Friday, the the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on goods like Yorkshire lamb sold in Japan as well as auto parts for Japan’s Nissan plant. “How fitting it is to be in the Land of the Rising Sun to welcome in...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney's benchmark ended flat. In their debate late...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in New York. Stocks are mostly lower in Asia after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street.  US stocks are drifting higher Wednesday, Oct. 21,  as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on lack of US aid plan

Oct. 21, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as investors watched Washington for signs of whether political leaders can agree on an economic aid plan in the two weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated. On Wall...