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Tokyo stocks open mixed on weaker yen, COVID-19 variants concerns

This Oct. 1, 2020 file photo shows the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks opened mixed Wednesday as buying on a weaker yen against the U.S. dollar was offset by selling on continued concerns over a growing number of infection cases of coronavirus variants in Japan.

    In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 38.34 points, or 0.13 percent, from Tuesday to 28,953.55. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 3.97 points, or 0.21 percent, at 1,907.52.

    Decliners were led by marine transportation and land transportation issues, while securities house and bank issues led the gainers.

    At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 108.75-76 yen compared with 108.68-78 yen in New York and 108.33-34 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

    The euro was quoted at $1.2089-2089 and 131.48-49 yen against $1.2088-2098 and 131.44-54 yen in New York and $1.2070-2071 and 130.76-80 yen in Tokyo late Tuesday afternoon.

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