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Tokyo stocks up 0.82% by break

Tokyo stocks rose 0.82 percent Tuesday morning after a rally on Wall Street and as the yen weakened against the dollar in response to upbeat US economic data. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 114.55 points to 14,024.71 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 0.41 percent, or 4.62 points, to 1,137.38. After heavy losses last week all three main indexes on Wall Street rallied on Monday as traders welcomed a solid earnings report from Citigroup and encouraging retail sales data.

Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show -- the lowest rate of any developed nation, despite being a record high for the country. The survey comes amid a high-profile row in Japan that has pitted a young female researcher against the scientific establishment, and after repeated calls for Tokyo to boost female participation in the workforce to help plug a skills gap in the economy.

Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show -- a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation. The figure comes amid a high-profile row in Japan that has pitted a young female researcher against the scientific establishment, and after repeated calls for Tokyo to boost female participation in the workforce to help plug a skills gap in the economy.

Tokyo stocks close down 0.36%

Tokyo stocks slipped 0.36 percent Monday, weighed by losses on Wall Street last week and the yen's rise as tensions in Ukraine escalate. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 49.89 points to 13,910.16, while the Topix index of all first-section shares slipped 0.12 percent, or 1.33 points, to 1,132.76. Disappointment over the Bank of Japan's decision not to expand its stimulus drive -- and a consequent rise in the yen -- helped drag the Nikkei to a six-month low on Friday, with the headline index down 7.33 percent over the week.

Sharp drops to five-month low on report of new share issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Sharp Corp fell to a five-month low on Monday after the Asahi newspaper said Japan's largest display maker is considering another issue of new shares that could raise around 200 billion yen ($1.97 billion) to bolster its stretched finances. The Osaka-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it was considering a variety of possibilities to boost its capital but had made no concrete decisions, adding that the report was not based on a release by the company.

Tokyo stocks down 0.11% by break

Tokyo stocks slipped 0.11 percent Monday morning, weighed by losses on Wall Street last week and escalating tensions in Ukraine. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 15.62 points to 13,944.43 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares added 0.47 percent, or 5.32 points, to 1,139.41. Disappointment over the Bank of Japan's decision not to expand its stimulus drive -- and a consequent rise in the yen -- helped drag the Nikkei to a six-month low on Friday, with the headline index down 7.33 percent over the week.

Tokyo stocks fall 2.38% to six-month low

Tokyo stocks fell 2.38 percent Friday to their lowest close in six months, leading a fall on Asian markets following a sell-off on Wall Street and disappointment over the Bank of Japan's hawkish view on additional easy money. The benchmark Nikkei-225 index sank 340.07 points to finish at 13,960.05, its lowest close since early October, while the Topix index of all first-section shares lost 1.34 percent, or 15.40 points, to 1,134.09.

Ministry OKs Chubu Electric's household power rate hike by 3.77%

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry approved Friday an average 3.77 percent electricity rate hike by Chubu Electric Power Co. for households starting May 1. The company will be the seventh regional utility in Japan to raise power rates amid a prolonged halt to nuclear power generation in the country following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Ministry OKs Chubu Electric's household power rate hike by 3.77%

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry approved Friday an average 3.77 percent electricity rate hike by Chubu Electric Power Co. for households starting May 1. The company will be the seventh regional utility in Japan to raise power rates amid a prolonged halt to nuclear power generation in the country following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Asian shares up after Wall St rallies on Fed minutes

Asian markets rose on Thursday, taking their lead from a Wall Street rally after minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed no support for an early rise in interest rates. While early gains were pared after China said imports and exports fell sharply in March, Hong Kong and Shanghai were lifted by hopes of new government stimulus measures. Tokyo ended flat, edging up 0.43 points to 14,300.12, and Seoul added 0.48 percent, or 9.66 points, to 2,008.61.
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