Tokyo stocks open higher after Europe markets rally

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TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo stocks opened higher on Tuesday, encouraged by rallies in major European markets with US markets closed for the Labor Day holiday.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.33 percent or 75.62 points to 23,165.57 in early trade, while the broader Topix index gained 0.16 percent or 2.60 points to 1,612.34.

“Japanese shares are seen supported by rallies in major European bourses,” senior market analyst Toshiyuki Kanayama of Monex said in a commentary.

Some investors may be taking a wait-and-see approach with US markets closed for the day.

Traders were also watching the beginning of the race to decide Japan’s next prime minister through the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election, Mizuho Securities said in a note.

Three candidates are likely to officially register their candidacy, with Shinzo Abe’s right-hand man Yoshihide Suga widely expected to win.

The dollar fetched 106.28 yen in Asian trade, against 106.27 yen in London.

In Tokyo, Uniqlo casual wear operator Fast Retailing was up 1.39 percent at 66,990 yen, industrial robot maker Fanuc was up 2.20 percent at 21,095 yen, while chip-making equipment manufacturer Tokyo Electron was down 1.04 percent at 26,125 yen.

Japan’s economy shrank 7.9 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, more than the initial 7.8 percent in preliminary data, the cabinet office said 10 minutes before the opening bell

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