Nikkei jumps 2.4pc on weak yen; financials, exporters lead
brecorder.com -- Feb 12
Japan's Nikkei share average climbed 2.4 percent on Tuesday, boosted by financials and exporters as the yen weakened after a US Treasury official voiced support for Japan's aggressive policies to combat deflation and bolster growth.
The index rose to 11,422.77, within reach of a 33-month high of 11,498.42 struck last Wednesday. The benchmark has risen nearly one-third since mid-November.
The securities sector, which jumped 5.3 percent, was the best sectoral gainer on the main board, with Nomura Holdings soaring 5.9 percent and Daiwa Securities Group jumping 4.8 percent.
Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times )
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today )
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today )