Japan shares fall on Covid worries, Asia sees rally over Biden inauguration

Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as US president. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost early gains to slip 0.4% in morning trading to 28,515.21. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.6% to 6,783.20, while South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.5% to 3,109.21. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.9% to 29,921.79, while the Shanghai Composite rose nearly 0.4% to 3,579.93. Hopes are growing that Biden's planned stimulus for the American economy as well as measures to curb the pandemic will boost regional markets. While many Asian nations have fared better in the pandemic than European countries and the U.S., worries still run high. Main urban areas in Japan, including Tokyo, are under a state of emergency, with evening dining discouraged. Critics say that's not enough, as deaths related to COVID-19 have been rising. Chinese New Year is less than a month away. With COVID ...

Japan shares fall on Covid worries, Asia sees rally over Biden inauguration
Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as US president. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost early gains to slip 0.4% in morning trading to 28,515.21. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.6% to 6,783.20, while South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.5% to 3,109.21. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.9% to 29,921.79, while the Shanghai Composite rose nearly 0.4% to 3,579.93. Hopes are growing that Biden's planned stimulus for the American economy as well as measures to curb the pandemic will boost regional markets. While many Asian nations have fared better in the pandemic than European countries and the U.S., worries still run high. Main urban areas in Japan, including Tokyo, are under a state of emergency, with evening dining discouraged. Critics say that's not enough, as deaths related to COVID-19 have been rising. Chinese New Year is less than a month away. With COVID ...