Tokyo stocks ended higher in volatile trading Friday as the fallout from Wall Street's overnight selloff was countered by a recovering dollar and bargain-hunting, resulting in a major intraday market reversal.
Volume was the highest in a week, prompting some participants to speculate that the market is showing signs of having bottomed following six major selloffs since May 23.
The Nikkei Stock Average closed up 215.55 points or 1.7% at 13,230.13, showing its widest intraday range--almost 628 points--since the 6.4% selloff on June 13.
For the week, the index added 4.3%, its first positive weekly gain in five weeks. Year-to-date, the Nikkei is up 27%.
The Topix index of all Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section issues also added 7.59 points, or 0.7%, to 1,099.40, with 22 of 33 subindexes ending in positive territory.
The strong finish was hardly foreseen by many at the open, as overnight U.S. shares' biggest-one day slide of the year triggered a sharp initial selloff.
But the Nikkei, which had posted a similar-sized loss the prior day, was bolstered by bargain-hunting and sharp recovery in the dollar.
The greenback briefly traded under Y97.00 intraday, but was seen changing hands at Y97.78 as of the TSE close at 0600 GMT.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)