TOKYO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened mixed on Thursday with a comparatively weak yen versus the U.S. dollar giving exporter issues a boost, while U.S. stocks' overnight slide dented the market mood.
As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 35.72 points, or 0.16 percent, from Wednesday to 22,805.40.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, edged up 0.71 points, or 0.04 percent, at 1,714.58.
Oil and coal product, mining, and chemical issues comprised notable decliners.
Pulp and paper, real estate, and consumer credit issues, meanwhile, led those that gained the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell.