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Tokyo stocks edge up in volatile trade after Wall St rally

Tokyo (APP):Tokyo stocks rebounded slightly in a rollercoaster session on Wednesday after Wall Street finished the previous day with solid gains following a global rout.
The benchmark Nikkei index, which on Tuesday fell nearly five percent in the worst loss since the November 2016 election of Donald Trump as US president, rose 0.16 percent or 35.13 points to close at 21,645.37.
The broader Topix index gained 0.37 percent or 6.50 points to 1,749.91.
The Nikkei index opened sharply higher, surging nearly 3.5 percent at one point as investors bought on dips following the recent slumps.
“If the New York Dow stops falling, foreign selling of Japanese stocks will likely cease,” said Masayuki Kubota, chief strategist at Rakuten Securities.
“Given that the Japanese economy and corporate earnings are good, it is highly likely that 21,078 will be the bottom of the latest crash,” he said in a note, referring to the Nikkei’s intraday low on Tuesday when the key index was down more than seven percent.

US ‘disappointed’ by signing of Holocaust law in Poland

Washington (APP):The United States said Tuesday it was “disappointed” that Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signed a law making it illegal to attribute Holocaust to the Polish state.
The State Department had warned last week that such a law could have “repercussions” on Poland’s relationship with the United States.
“The United States is disappointed that the president of Poland has signed legislation that would impose criminal penalties for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish state,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.
“Enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry,” he said.