Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Sept. 8

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TOKYO -- Japan's economy grew at an annual rate of 1.9 percent from April to June, increased from the preliminary growth of 1.3 percent, reflecting stronger capital investment in areas such as digitalization, government data showed Wednesday.

Real gross domestic product, or the total value of goods and services manufactured in the country adjusted for inflation, increased 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis from the January-March period, according to the Cabinet Office. (Japan-GDP Growth-Capital Expenditure)

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JAKARTA -- At least 41 people were killed and about 80 others injured as fire broke out at a prison in Tangerang town near the Indonesian capital Jakarta early Wednesday, officials said.

The fire occurred at 2:20 a.m. local time and was extinguished at 3:30 a.m., and electrical short circuit was believed to be the cause of the fire, said Jakarta police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus. (Indonesia-Prison Fire)

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VIENTIANE -- Pharmaceutical producers in Laos are to begin the production of herbal treatments for COVID-19 in capsule form.

Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health, Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday that Laos' Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) has researched the process of producing herbal medications in capsule form, which are now being used to treat patients infected with COVID-19. (Laos-Herbal Treatment-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korean banks' household loans kept growing last month as the policy rate remained at a low level, central bank data showed Wednesday.

Debt, owed by households to banks, reached 1,046.3 trillion won (897.9 billion U.S. dollars) as of the end of August, up 6.2 trillion won (5.3 billion U.S. dollars) from a month earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). (South Korea-Household Debt) Enditem

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