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Tokyo bourse to resume futures trading after glitch

The Tokyo Stock Exchange said it would resume trading in futures after resolving glitches that had brought trade to a halt.

System trouble forced the TSE to suspend trade in futures and options contracts traded on the bourse 21 minutes after the open of the morning session, the exchange said. Trading in regular shares has continued as usual.

The halt is the latest in a string of computer problems for the world's second largest stock exchange.

The TSE has been upgrading its systems and working to regain the trust of investors after a series of mishaps in the past few years, including three months of limited trading hours after a stock sell-off in 2006 swamped its systems, and a halt to trade in TOPIX futures earlier this year.

Traders said the lack of futures trading was not having a major impact on JGBs or the stock market on Tuesday. Most futures trading in Japanese stocks takes place in Nikkei futures, which are on the Osaka Securities Exchange.

One stock market player said the glitch may have dampened the Nikkei's rise, but other traders said the impact was not widespread and investors cautiously awaited more US quarterly earnings results on Wall Street later in the day.

“The halt is not having a large impact on the JGB market, with most market players staying calm,” said a trader at a European brokerage.

“We were lucky as the incident happened when no major economic indicator was announced. Also, many traders squared their positions before the three-day weekend, feeling no great need to sell futures in hurry at the moment.”

Japanese financial markets were closed for a holiday on Monday. (Reuters)