In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 97.95 points, or 0.68 percent, from Friday to 14,560.12, after briefly hitting 14,592.60, its highest intraday level since
The market was underpinned by the yen's further depreciation against the U.S. dollar, with export-oriented high-tech shares drawing buying. Other major gainers included brokerage, shipping and steel shares.
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