March 13, 2011 / 2:20 PM / 6 years ago

Japan markets to open Monday, on guard for manipulation

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese financial markets will reopen on Monday as normal, the government said, despite the nation suffering a massive earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear-power crisis.

Financial Services Minister Shozaburo Jimi said in a statement that authorities would watch market activity closely to ensure against market manipulation in the wake of the disaster, which is estimated to have killed more than 10,000 people.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan's biggest bourse, and the Osaka Securities Exchange said they will open as usual.

The Bank of Japan has also said that its bank settlement system is operating normally.

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said the central bank will provide huge amounts of liquidity to the banking system on Monday, reinforcing the bank's determination to keep markets stable in the wake of the devastating quake.

Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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