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Asia Today: 60 new army recruits infected in South Korea

Nov. 25, 2020 7:15 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says 60 new army recruits at a boot camp have tested positive for the coronavirus in the military’s largest outbreak. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday they were undergoing basic training at an army unit in Yeoncheon, a town near the tense border with North...

People stand by an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Global stocks edge lower after Dow crests 30,000

Nov. 25, 2020 7:08 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly edged back on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time as investors cheered news of progress on the development of coronavirus vaccines. The Dow appeared set to edge back from its record high on the open, with futures...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus arrive at the train station in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo asks drinking places to close early to curb virus rise

Nov. 25, 2020 4:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor on Wednesday asked bars and other places where alcohol is served to close earlier for three weeks to help prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections from turning explosive. Gov. Yuriko Koike, after meeting with officials to discuss ways to combat the upsurge, said bars,...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi (unseen) participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan protests China's island incursions during FM visit

Nov. 25, 2020 12:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan used a visit by the Chinese foreign minister on Wednesday to protest Beijing's increased activity and what it calls infiltration around disputed East China Sea islands. Both sides agreed to avoid provocative actions in the contested area. “The situation is extremely...

People stand by an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares rise after Dow crests 30,000 on vaccine hopes

Nov. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7% to 26,607.63 in morning...

Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies

Nov. 24, 2020 10:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, while trying to avoid actions that provoke tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who arrived in Tokyo...

Japan ex-PM Abe's office investigated over funding scandal

Nov. 24, 2020 4:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Tuesday his office is being investigated for questionable expenses linked to a dinner party his office hosted for his supporters ahead of an annual cherry blossom viewing party — a scandal that has been on the backburner for months....

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike takes off her mask as she speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo governor: Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike

Nov. 24, 2020 4:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Japan has experienced an uptick of the infections this month with a nationwide daily total exceeding 2,000 as the...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mostly rise on virus vaccine, Yellen hopes

Nov. 23, 2020 10:17 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...