TOKYO (AP) _ Tokyo share prices rose for the first time in five days Wednesday as a rally on Wall Street offset concerns over political instability in Japan. The U.S. dollar was higher against the yen.

The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 139.10 points, or 0.95 percent, to 14,799.14 points. On Tuesday, the average fell 4.60 points, or 0.03 percent.

The dollar bought 108.06 yen by late afternoon Wednesday, up 0.32 yen from Wednesday's gains by the Nikkei broke a four-day losing streak during which the blue-chip index had lost a total of 739.60 points, or 4.80 percent. Tuesday in Tokyo but below its late New York level of 108.15 yen.

On the stock market, a rally by U.S. stocks helped divert the market's attention away from mounting signs of political instability in Japan.

Japanese stocks have slumped in recent sessions as mounting calls for Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to resign have raised concerns about a political vacuum.

In New York on Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 163.81 points to 10,681.06 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index climbed 171.55 points to 3,138.27.

The broader Tokyo Stock Price Index of all issues listed on the first section ended up 12.88 points, or 0.93 percent, at 1,402.05. The index fell 6.54 points, or 0.47 percent, on Tuesday.

In currency dealings, the dollar held onto Tuesday's gains against the yen on the back of Wall Street's upturn.

In other currencies, the euro was traded at 93.29 yen, up from 92.68 yen late Tuesday.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond rose to 1.7850 percent from 1.7800 percent on Tuesday. The price fell 0.04 point to 100.98.


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