Tokyo stocks opened slightly higher Thursday as exporter issues were sought after the yen continued its slide against the U.S. dollar to a fresh 20-year low.
In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 53.82 points, or 0.19 percent, from Wednesday to 28,288.11. The broader Topix index was up 2.35 points, or 0.12 percent, at 1,972.33.
On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by mining, information and communication, and transportation equipment issues.
At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 134.45-46 yen compared with 134.24-34 yen in New York and 133.57-59 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The euro was quoted at $1.0715-0719 and 144.06-13 yen against $1.0712-0722 and 143.84-94 yen in New York and $1.0688-0690 and 142.76-80 yen in Tokyo late Wednesday afternoon.