TOKYO -- Most Asian stock markets ended Thursday lower, as investors got spooked from an array of regional woes.
Prime Minister Mori
faced increased pressure to step down. Many in opposition, and even some of Mori's own ruling party, are concerned over the slow recovery and reform of the economy. The
closed down 212.1 points, or 1.4%, at 14,587.0 and the
index, which includes all shares listed on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange
, rose 21.8, or 1.6%, to 1380.3.
Techs and telcos didn't care much for the political uncertainty, as
fell 65 yen, or 3%, to 2,105 ($19.32),
closed down 180 yen, or 2.1%, at 8,340 and
dropped 60,000 yen, or 2%, to 2.95 million.
was one of the day's big losers, as the firm reported slipping profits in the first half after the market close Wednesday. Toyota shares closed down 180 yen, or 4.2%, at 4,110.
The dollar traded at 108.94 yen from 108.18 yen Wednesday.
index tanked 282.9 points, or 4.9%, to 5454.1, as the central bank admitted the country's bad loans were higher than the government had estimated. Heavyweight chipmaker
index fell 2.5, or 0.4%, to 555.0, as
Korea Electric Power
fell 600 won, or 2.2%, to 27,000 ($23.71) and
rose 3,000 won, or 1.1%, to 270,000.
index bucked the downward trend, rising 171.0, or 1.1%, to 15,298.4 amid very low volume.
rose HK$1.60, or 3.2%, to 51.50 ($6.60).