Asia Markets: Stocks in Japan and China fall, but losses at least slow down

An uncertain start for some Asian stock markets following Thursday’s drubbing evolved into broad gains Friday as trading progressed — with the notable exceptions of Japan and China. Still, the region will post big weekly declines absent a huge move higher by the day’s end.

Japan’s morning declines have persisted, with the Nikkei NIK, -0.45% seeing a 0.3% drop. Insurers and energy stocks were notable decliners following fresh overnight declines in bond yields and oil prices. Dai-ichi Life 8750, -4.51% was down 4.3%, in line with yesterday’s skid, while oil distributor JXTG 5020, -0.90% dropped a further 1%.

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