The day after Sony Corp . named Kazuo Hirai the frontrunner to succeed Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer , Japan’s strongest quake hit. Three weeks into the job, an intruder hacked into the company’s online services.
Japanese stocks fell, with benchmark indexes slumping by the most this month, as the euro weakened to near a two-week low against the yen on concern Europe’s debt crisis will spread, damping the outlook for export earnings.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 51.29, or 0.6 percent, to 9,114.13 as of the 3 p.m. close in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.