TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Japan’s Nikkei share average recouped early losses and inched up on Thursday, supported by a weaker yen which helped offset disappointment that the U.S. Federal Reserve is not embarking on a lengthy easing cycle.
The Fed on Wednesday lowered rates for the first time since 2008, as widely expected, but Chairman Jerome Powell said the move was not the start of a long series of rate cuts, sending U.S. share markets lower.
The Nikkei was up 0.07% at 21,536.54 points as of 0151GMT.
The index initially fell as much as 1% but clawed back ground as the yen slid to a two-month low against the dollar after the Fed proved to be less dovish than anticipated.
Shares of exporters, which benefit from a weaker yen, advanced. Toyota Motor Corp rose 1.3%, Honda Motor Co edged up 0.9%, Canon Inc added 1% and Nintendo advanced 3.8%.
Nomura Holdings soared 8.5% the investment bank said its first-quarter profit soared more than ten-fold after restructuring its portfolio.
Another blue chip which made big gains was Takeda Pharmaceutical, which gained 5.8% after its sales in the April-June quarter increased 88.8%.
Kao Corporation, on the other hand, fell 3.5% after the cosmetic product maker saw its January-June net profit decline 8.8%.
The broader Topix rose 0.15% to 1,567.45. (Editing by Kim Coghill)