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Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index has edged down on Wednesday as investors cashed in on recent gains after a 10-day winning streak.
Tokyo shares have risen as the US and China steadily moved closer to easing their long-standing trade frictions, encouraging investors about the future for the global economy.
Tokyo stocks have closed higher helped by a cheaper yen against the dollar, as worries over a no-deal Brexit and the US-China trade war receded.
Tokyo stocks have ended higher, supported by a cheaper yen, the planned resumption of the US-China trade talks and solid US economic data.
Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index has edged up on Wednesday as a weak yen prompted late bargain hunting, but investors remained concerned over a potential slowdown in the global economy.
Tokyo stocks have closed lower on renewed fears of escalation in the US-China trade war and its impact on the global economy.
Tokyo stocks have edged higher in sluggish trade on a slight decline in the yen, but investors remained vigilant about uncertainty surrounding China-US trade talks.
Tokyo stocks have closed slightly higher, supported by gains of Chinese shares, but trade was sluggish with investors in a wait-and-see mode ahead of the weekend.
Tokyo stocks have opened lower as a stronger yen and falls on Wall Street weighed on the market after three days of holidays.
Tokyo stocks have fallen for a third consecutive session in volatile trade, plunging nearly three percent at one point over US-China trade war worries but paring losses later in the session.
Japanese stocks have ended higher for a tenth straight session, thanks to a stronger dollar and despite concerns about the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.
Tokyo shares have closed higher for an eight-day winning streak, as players cheered Japan's new cabinet as well as receding worries about the US-China trade spat.
Tokyo stocks have closed higher on profit-taking, as investors assessed the impact from eased, but still lingering, worries over Brexit and the US-China trade war.
Tokyo shares have jumped as investors cheered the news that China and the United States will resume trade talks, as well as easing worries over Brexit and the crisis in Hong Kong.
Tokyo stocks have closed modestly higher in lacklustre trade amid worries over the US-China trade war, as investors waited for leads from Wall Street on the issue.
Tokyo shares have ended higher on renewed optimism over US-China trade talks, with a weaker yen also brightening sentiment.
Tokyo shares have rebounded, helped by rallies on Wall Street following US President Donald Trump's upbeat comments on a possible China trade deal.
Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index was down sharply on Thursday after Wall Street shares nosedived on fears for the global economy.
Tokyo stocks have opened higher, following rises on Wall Street, as data showed the world's third-biggest economy was growing faster than analysts had expected.
Tokyo shares closed marginally higher Thursday ahead of the release of key US economic data later in the day.
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