USD/JPY - 96.61..The greenback maintained a firm undertone in Asian morning following o/n rally in NY, Tokyo fixing demand for dlr helped push price marginally higher to 96.76. Talk of bids by Japanese names at 96.45/50, then 96.15/20 suggests buying the buck on dips is favoured in Asia, however, as Nikkie has erased its initial gain (currently up 29 points), suggesting one must not get overly bullish as 97.08 (previous chart sup) shud put a lid on dlr's upside.