TOKYO -- Most Asian equity markets closed higher Tuesday, as investors in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong snapped up the shares that had been sold at considerably lower levels over the past few days.

In Tokyo, the

Nikkei 225

closed up 75.0 points, or 0.5%, at 14,539.6, but the


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 5.3, or 0.4%, to 1379.9, as demand for technology shares remained weak.

Big techs


(SNE) - Get Report




both fell. Sony lost 470 yen, or 5.1%, to 8,720 ($80.00) and NEC dropped 60 yen, or 2.8%, to 2,080.



bucked the downward trend and rose 22 yen, or 1.1%, to 1,944.




also helped offset the techs' weakness, rising 65 yen, or 9.5%, to 749.

Wireless operator



ended down 120,000 yen, or 4.3%, at 2.69 million amid reports the mobile operator is considering taking a stake in

AT&T Wireless


The dollar traded at 108.99 yen, up from 108.70 yen Monday.

Elsewhere, South Korea's


index climbed 9.8, or 1.9%, to 514.5 as

SK Telecom

(SKM) - Get Report

jumped 5.4% to 242,500 won ($212.72).

Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index rose 95.4, or 0.6%, to 14,895.3.

Going its own way, Taiwan's


index fell 114.9, or 2%, to 5544.2 as heavyweight chipmakers

Taiwan Semiconductor

(TSM) - Get Report

fell 0.5% and

United Microelectronics

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dropped 3.4%.