Japan’s Nikkei closed at a fresh seven-year high on Tuesday as investor sentiment was buoyed by talk of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) buying stocks.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 0.4% at 17,663.22 points.
Earlier, the index had fallen after Moody’s Investment Service cut Japan’s credit rating by one notch to A1 from Aa3.
Moody’s move underlined concerns over Japan’s economy after an increase in the national sales tax was delayed.
But analysts said the weaker yen, together with the possible move by the BoJ, was continuing to support investor sentiment.