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Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

Aug. 6, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency Thursday due to rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb their activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections reported daily since mid-July after an...

The cruise ship SeaDream 1 at the quay in Bodoe, Norway, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020. The cruise ship with 123 passengers on board and a crew of 85 has docked in the Norwegian harbor of Bodoe but no one can disembark after a former passenger from Denmark tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning home. (Sondre Skjelvik/NTB Scanpix via AP)

The Latest: Virus cases on Norwegian cruise ship reach 53

Aug. 6, 2020 3:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The number of people on a Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 53. Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship’s owner halted all cruises on Monday and Norway closed its ports to cruise ships for two weeks. The Norwegian...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, a visitor stands by the logo of Toyota Motor Corp. at its showroom in Tokyo. Toyota’s April-June profit plunged 74% as the coronavirus pandemic crushed vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year, reported Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota's profit plunges as pandemic halves vehicle sales

Aug. 6, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota’s profit plunged 74% in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sank vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year. Toyota Motor Corp. reported on Thursday a profit of 158.8 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in April-June, down from 619...

Visitors observe a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing, at 8:15am, the time atomic bomb exploded over the city, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Hiroshima, western Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack

Aug. 6, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Survivors of the world’s first atomic bombing gathered in diminished numbers near an iconic, blasted dome Thursday to mark the attack’s 75th anniversary, many of them urging the world, and their own government, to do more to ban nuclear weapons. An upsurge of...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as investors watch talks on US stimulus

Aug. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday as investors watched to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for a U.S. economy struggling with shutdowns as new coronavirus outbreaks flare. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,418.15 while the Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.5% to 3,362.32. Hong...

A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for "maintenance"

Aug. 6, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away Thursday for what is being called “maintenance," but officials say the iconic Olympic symbol will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus...

Today in History

Aug. 6, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 6, the 219th day of 2020. There are 147 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as US talks on stimulus still stalled

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. Investors are watching to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,438.61 while the Shanghai Composite index gave...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1945, file photo, smoke rises 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, western Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped during warfare. Hiroshima was targeted because it was a major Japanese military hub filled with military bases and ammunition facilities. The city of Hiroshima on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack. (AP Photo, File)

5 things to know as Hiroshima marks 75th A-bomb anniversary

Aug. 5, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The city of Hiroshima in western Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack on Thursday. Three days after its Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World...