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Kyodo news summary -5-

June 9, 2014


Japan's key bond yield ends flat at 0.595%

TOKYO - The yield on the bellwether 10-year Japanese government bond ended flat Monday amid a lack of trading incentives.

The yield on the No. 334, 0.6 percent issue, the main yardstick of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.595 percent, unchanged from Friday's close.


Nikkei hits fresh 3-month high on hopes for global economy

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks gained Monday, with the Nikkei index finishing at a fresh three-month high on hopes for improvement in the global economy due to brisk economic data from Japan, the United States and China.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 46.76 points, or 0.31 percent, from Friday at 15,124.00, its highest level since March 11. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 0.21 point, or 0.02 percent, higher at 1,234.78.


Mayor seeks return of local woman believed abducted to N. Korea

TOKYO - The mayor of a southwestern Japan city asked the central government Monday to step up its efforts to have a local woman who may have been taken to North Korea and all the other abductees returned when he met with the state minister in charge of the abduction issue.

"Ms. Kumiko Kato, who hails from my city, went missing on Aug. 8, 1970 at age 22, and she is one of those who are believed to have been abducted by North Korea," Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi told the minister Keiji Furuya at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo.


Taliban militants attack main Pakistan airport, 26 people dead

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Taliban militants on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Karachi's international airport the previous night that left 26 people dead in a gun battle with security forces.

All 10 gunmen who took part in the attack and 16 security personnel and civil aviation employees were killed in the firefight, government officials said.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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