Tokyo: Japanese shares rallied and the yen dropped on Monday after Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, while Asian shares also gained on mildly upbeat Chinese trade data that underscored signs of stability in Asia’s powerhouse.

The dollar licked its wounds and US debt yields were off two-year highs after a disappointing US jobs report on Friday, which raised speculation the Federal Reserve may minimise the size of a likely reduction in stimulus many investors expect later this month.

“The data was undoubtedly weak. I suspect the Fed will start tapering this month but maybe they will just trim bond buying by $5 billion a month for now," said a US bond trader at a Japanese bank. The Fed currently buys $85 billion of bonds per month.

Japan’s Nikkei share average gained 2.2%, hitting a one-month high as investors bet hosting the Olympics would boost the economy—from construction and higher prices—by ¥3 trillion ($30 billion) over the coming seven years.

“In the short-term, this (Olympics-bid win) will be positive mainly through a boost on Olympic-related shares," said Ryota Sakagami, chief equity strategist at SMBC Nikko Securities in a report.

“In the longer run, its impact depends on how much the government can push for infrastructure investments and promotion of tourism business but it is likely to be positive for the Japanese economy and shares," he said.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7% thanks to improved Chinese trade figures released over the weekend.

Hong Kong shares rose 0.9% while South Korean shares rose 0.8%, both hitting their highest level in about three months.

Mainland Chinese shares also extended gains after positive Chinese August inflation data added to optimism following solid trade figures, with the CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings up 2.1%.

China’s exports grew 7.2% in August, above market expectations of a 6% rise from a year earlier.

China’s consumer inflation held steady in August while producer price deflation continued to ease, in another sign of a stabilising economy.

Investors are bracing for more data from China including industrial production and retail sales on Tuesday.


Investors are also grappling with the worry that withdrawal of the Fed’s stimulus could destabilise asset prices worldwide.

Despite the soft job data, most US primary dealers expect the Fed to announce at its next policy meeting 17 September and 18 that it will cut the size of its bond purchases, according to a Reuters poll on Friday.

“Although the US job data was disappointing on the whole, the jobless rate fell, inching closer to the 7% level, which the Fed said is a threshold to end the quantitative easing," said Tohru Yamamoto, chief fixed-income strategist at Daiwa Securities.

“The Fed will start tapering in September, perhaps little by little, like by $10 billion. It is hard to expect bond yields to fall before the next Fed meeting," he added.

The 10-year US Treasury yields stood at 2.949%, off a two-year high just above 3% hit on Friday, though they had gave up much of the gains made after the job report.

The dollar index stood at 82.25, steadying from Friday’s 0.6% fall. The euro fetched $1.3175, off Friday’s seven-week low of $1.31045.

Against the yen, the dollar briefly rose to as high as ¥100.11 thanks largely its strong correlation to Japanese shares, but quickly gave up gains on profit-taking to stand at ¥99.55 for a gain of 0.4% from late last week.

Elsewhere, US crude oil futures slipped slightly but stayed near two-year highs supported by concerns a possible military strike against Syria could stir broader conflict in the Middle East and disrupt oil supplies.