The yen depreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested offers around the Â¥98.40 level and was supported around the Â¥97.45 level. Japanese finance minister Yosano reported the Japanese government supports U.S. policies and the soundness of the U.S.€™s debt. Group of Eight officials are not expected to discuss exchange rate issues at this weekend€™s meeting of finance ministers in Italy. Data released in Japan overnight saw the May consumer sentiment index print at 35.7, up from 32.4 in April, reaching its highest level since March 2008. Also, April revised industrial output printed at +5.9% m/m. The Nikkei 225 stock index climbed 1.55% to close at Â¥10,135.82. U.S. dollar offers are cited around the Â¥104.15 level. The euro moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as the single currency tested offers around the Â¥138.30 level and was supported around the Â¥136.90 level. The British pound moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as sterling tested offers around the Â¥162.60 level while the Swiss franc moved higher vis-à-vis the yen and tested offers around the Â¥91.50 level. In Chinese news, the U.S. dollar strengthened vis-à-vis the Chinese yuan as the greenback closed at CNY 6.8344 in the over-the-counter market, up from CNY 6.8323.