Tokyo has 0.1% positive rate for coronavirus antibodies

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Antibody tests for the novel coronavirus suggest a 0.1 percent infection rate in Tokyo, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Tuesday, as the government seeks to better grasp the scale of the pandemic’s spread in Japan.

The health ministry began earlier this month testing for coronavirus antibodies in Tokyo as well as in Osaka and Miyagi prefectures. The positive rates for Osaka and Miyagi in the country’s west and northeast were 0.17 percent and 0.03 percent, respectively.

Samples were collected from a total of about 8,000 people in the three regions. The presence of antibodies indicates a person

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Coronavirus latest: Nightlife cases spur Tokyo resurgence worries

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 7,854,514, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 431,543.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Monday, June 15

4:37 p.m. Asia’s equity markets take a tumble as fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections spook investor confidence. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei Stock Average fell sharply, closing 3.4% lower at 21,530 while Hong Kong’s

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Tokyo fires up plans to scout Hong Kong talent for financial hub

TOKYO — Plans to boost Tokyo’s status as an international financial center moved forward Friday with a draft proposal from the ruling party, but attracting Hong Kong talent looking to leave the territory may prove to be a challenge.

“It’s important for us to revive Tokyo as a finance center,” said Seiji Kihara, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party’s economic growth strategy group that outlined the plan. The recommendations include relaxing banking regulations and encouraging greater focus on environmental, social and governance factors.

Kihara specifically noted the situation in Hong Kong, where national security legislation is set to be

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Tokyo Gov. Koike announces reelection bid

TOKYO — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced her reelection bid on Friday, the day after the Tokyo Municipal Government decided to lift all coronavirus-related restrctions on business on June 19, as the capital faces the challenges of hosting the Olympic Games next year.

Koike, the first female leader of Tokyo, is known for her no-nonsense approach and is widely credited for bringing the coronavirus outbreak under control in the capital city.

The 67-year-old former TV presenter is expected to run as an independent in a vote to be held July 5.

She faces challenges from Kenji Utsunomiya, former chairman of

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