Tokyo stock markets successfully reopened on Friday after a hardware failure caused an unprecedented day-long halt to trade on one of the world’s biggest exchanges.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.52 percent or 121.63 points at 23,306.75 in early trade while the broader Topix index was up 0.49 percent or 7.93 points at 1,633.42.
In a statement, the Tokyo Stock Exchange confirmed trade “will be conducted as usual”.
“We would like to express our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused by the system failure of Tokyo Stock Exchange, and we would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation in the operation of the market,” it added.
Late Thursday, TSE officials said the shutdown had been caused by a hardware malfunction that they said was fixed.
The problem was discovered before Thursday’s opening bell and meant the entire trading day was lost on Tokyo’s two leading indexes,