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June 22, 2006

Tokyo markets in significant gains


by Elaine Frei

The Tokyo equities markets were significantly higher on Thursday after new data showed that exports were up substantially in May. The Nikkei 225 added 3.4 percent to 15,135.69, while the Topix index was up 2.9 percent to 1,549.12. The gains came even though some are calling for the resignation of the governor of the Bank of Japan after he invested in a fund created by shareholder activist Yoshiaki Murakami, who was recently put under arrest.

Shares in companies dependent on commodities were up, with Mitsui Mining and Smelting adding 5.8 percent to ¥675 and Sumitomo Metal Mining rising by 6.3 percent to ¥1,352.

Electronics-related companies were up substantially as well. Both printer and camera maker Canon and consumer electronics and entertainment giant Sony added 3.6 percent on the day, to ¥8,000 and ¥4,940 respectively. Sharp gained 4.5 percent to ¥1,767, while Sanyo Electric was up 4.6 percent to ¥251 and Kyocera rose by the same percentage to ¥8,940. Tokyo Electron advanced by 5.9 percent to ¥7,760. Casio Computer added 7.2 percent to ¥2,030.

The securities sector, meanwhile, was up by 4.8 percent as a whole. Nomura gained 4.7 percent to ¥2,135, while Mitsubishi UFJ Securities was up 5 percent to ¥1,459. Daiwa Securities was up 5.1 percent to ¥1,459. Nikko Cordial advanced by 5.9 percent to ¥1,543.

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