By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly slipped Wednesday, as worries lingered about the coronavirus omicron variant’s potential damage to the regional economy following mixed cues from Wall Street.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.9% in morning trading to 28,809.86. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.9% to 2,993.38, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.2% to 7,510.80. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.9% to 23,076.75, and the Shanghai Composite shed 0.8% to 3,601.54.
Although Asia has relatively few reported infection cases of the omicron variant compared to the U.S. and Europe, fears are growing the omicron will spread quickly, once it gets going. The vaccination rate is about 80% in Japan, but booster shots have barely gotten started.
“The wider point is that regardless of how ‘variant risks’ play out, the process of emerging from the COVID tunnel will be fraught with more heat than light,” meaning