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TOKYO -- Amid a powerful earthquake in Japan and government-supported buying in Taiwan, Asia's major equity markets closed out the week Friday on a mixed note.

Japan's financial markets largely ignored a strong tremor in the western part of the country, as trade remained lethargic ahead of a three-day weekend. The

Nikkei 225

closed down 105.0, or 0.7%, to 15,994.2, and the


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 4.4, or 0.3% to 1503.0.

Tech shares put in a mixed performance, as



closed 90 up yen, or 0.9%, to 10,740 ($98.17), and



tanked 95 yen, or 3.9%, to 2,375.

Troubled tire maker


fell 28 yen, or 2.3%, to 1,202.

Telcos rose, with

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone


closing up 10,000 yen, or 0.8% to 1.2 million, and wireless operator


ending up 50,000 yen, or 1.5%, to 3.33 million.

The dollar was little changed, trading at 109.40 yen.



index surged 324.0, or 5.4%, to 6353.7, as the government continued to support the market with buying from its $16 billion stabilization fund. The country's equity market has been wracked by political uncertainty in the country this week.

South Korea's


index closed up 2.1 points, or 0.3%, to 608.9, and Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index was closed for a holiday.