Stocks rise in Japan and China; most other major markets closed for holiday

Asia Markets

A child plays beneath cherry blossoms and the Tokyo Skytree, Japan’s tallest structure, on Thursday in Tokyo.


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Markets in Japan and mainland China gained Friday, following another record day on Wall Street, as most other major global markets were closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Japan’s Nikkei 225
NIK,
1.58%

rose 1.1%, with SoftBank
9984,
4.22%

rising more than 3%. The Shanghai Composite
SHCOMP,
0.52%

edged 0.4% higher, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite
399106,
0.89%

advanced 1%. South Korea’s Kospi
180721,
0.82%

gained 0.7% and stocks inched higher in Malaysia
FBMKLCI,
0.17%
.
Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan were closed for the holiday.