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.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )