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The Nikkei in Japan climbs as oil prices decrease, and COVID occurrences fall.

(Reuters) – TOKYO, March 14 – The Nikkei market index in Japan rose on Monday, helped by a drop in crude oil prices as investors became more hopeful about the Russia-Ukraine issue.

A drop in COVID-19 infections and anticipation for the revival of a government program to increase tourism boosted travel-related stocks.

Higher long-term global bond yields enhanced the prospect for profitability, causing financial stocks to rise. Automobile manufacturers also distinguished out, as a weaker yen increased the value of overseas sales.

The Nikkei share average (.N225) finished the morning session 0.69 percent higher at 25,337.39, down from early highs of 1.86 percent.

One hundred ninety-three of the Nikkei’s 225 constituent stocks rose. The best-performing sector was real estate, followed by financials and consumer cyclical. Only utilities, which have traditionally been a defensive sector, have decreased.

The Topix (.TOPX) index rose 0.92 percent to 1,816.03.

On Sunday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Russia showed signs of being willing to have honest talks about Ukraine, allowing commodities prices to fall from their highs.

Resource-poor Japan’s energy demands are met entirely by imports.

Fumio Kishida announcement

Japan’s prime minister announced that the government was planning to reinstate the “GoTo Travel” subsidy program over the weekend.

H.I.S. (9603.T) increased by 7.04 percent, while ANA Holdings (9202.T) increased by 2.4 percent. J.Front Retailing, a department store operator, increased by 4.58 percent.

Jun Kitazawa remarks for Ukraine

“Although the forecast for Ukraine and other international variables remains uncertain,” said Jun Kitazawa, an equities strategist at Miki Securities, “the drop in Omicron cases and the resumption of “GoTo” is bolstering mood by generating optimism for greater corporate profitability in the coming quarters.”

Toyota (7203.T) was the Nikkei’s biggest mover by index points, rising 3.09 percent. Nissan (7261.T) increased by 2.41 percent, while Mazda (7261.T) increased by 4.34 percent.

Tokyo Electron (8035.T), a chipmaker, was the next most significant contributor to the Nikkei’s advance, with a 0.53 percent gain, followed by Advantest (1.72%).

The Tokyo markets team contributed reporting, and Rashmi Aich edited the piece.

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