Japan’s Nikkei index rose, breaking a seven-day losing streak, despite the yen continuing to strengthen.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 0.2% at 15,749.84, helped by a rebound in energy and healthcare stocks.
But shares in exporters were hit as the dollar weakened to 108.78 yen, a 17-month low, with the US currency falling following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve.
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