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
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.
index closed up 2.1 points, or 0.3%, to 608.9, and Hong Kong's
index was closed for a holiday.