Asian shares rise as Wall Street gains for 3rd straight day

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are rising after Wall Street extended its gains for the third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Japan, Australia, South Korea and China rose in Wednesday morning trading. But concerns remain about the Chinese and U.S. economies and over whether the protests in the U.S. will set off another rise in COVID-19 cases. The gains on Wall Street came despite persisting unrest in the U.S. Investors are hoping the gradual lifting of lockdown provisions will help economies rebound from the coronavirus crisis.