Japan's Nikkei closes up on report of econ minister's yen comment

Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:26am GMT

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Nikkei average reversed losses
to close up on Thursday after a media report quoted Japan's
economic minister as saying his remark on the yen early this
week was misinterpreted, lifting exporters' shares before the
closing bell.
    The report also curbed the yen's rebound. 
    The Nikkei ended up 0.1 percent at 10,609.64 after
trading as low as 10,432.97, while the broader Topix 
rose 0.3 percent to 890.46.