Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Asian markets opened higher on the International Monetary Fund’s intentions to increase world growth forecasts for this year.  The Nikkei gained 0.1 percent to 9,796.02.

Political instability in Iran has seen the appeal for Yen (JPY) safety on the rise, pushing the Japanese currency higher against most major currency pairs.  JPY touched USD 96.19 against the US Dollar (USD), according to reports.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-22June09-11:25a (BST)