TOKYO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks ended at a near
one-week high on Tuesday, as risk sentiment improved after U.S.
President Donald Trump returned to the White House following
treatment at a hospital for COVID-19, easing fears over
The benchmark Nikkei share average rose 0.52% to
23,433.73, while the broader Topix gained 0.52% to
1,645.75. Both indexes hit levels unseen since Sept. 30.
Investors took cues from Wall Street's positive finish
overnight when main indexes rose sharply on stimulus hopes and
on news President Trump would return to the White House after a
three-night hospital stay.
Trump's doctors told reporters the president has not had a
fever in more than 72 hours and his oxygen levels are normal,
but they declined to discuss any toll the disease could have on
Trump's lungs or disclose when he last tested negative for the
Back home, Japanese technology and semiconductor shares
gained as they benefited from more than a 2% rise in the Nasdaq
SoftBank Group gained 2.41% while Disco Corp
closed 1.74% firmer.
Panasonic Corp gained more than 2% and Toyota Motor
Corp ended 0.71% higher after their joint battery
venture said it would establish a production line in Western
Japan to manufacture lithium-ion power units for hybrid vehicles
beginning in 2022.
Stocks that outperformed included Hino Motors Ltd,
which jumped 6.36% after Toyota said on Monday they
would jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell electric truck for
the North American market.
Japan Exchange Group Inc, the owner of the Tokyo
Stock Exchange, dropped 3.29% after the exchange appointed four
external board members to a committee to investigate last week's
System developer Fujitsu Ltd, also edged 0.74%
lower as it continues to examine the cause of the incident.
Elsewhere, shares of the Mothers Index of start-up
firms rose 0.95%.
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)