Tokyo stocks opened higher Friday, shrugging off declines on Wall Street, as Japanese shares were seen lagging behind recent global rallies driven by a bullish outlook for the world economy.
The Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 75.92 points, to 23,839.29 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.46 percent, or 8.55 points, at 1,885.41.
Kong shares head into break with more gains
Hong Kong stocks ended the morning with slight gains on Friday, putting the benchmark index on course for another record, but traders remain on edge over the possibility of a shutdown of the US government.
The Hang Seng Index rose 0.10 percent, or 32.27 points, to 32,154.21 by the break.