Shares in Japan rebounded today from steep drops in the previous session while stocks in other Asian markets were mixed as the worldwide economic downturn worried investors. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 Average gained 2.8%, while the broader Topix index advanced 3.4%. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong fell 4.4%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 1.1% and Taiwan's Taiex fell 2.3%. New Zealand's NZX 50 index rose 1.6%, and the Shanghai Composite in China gained 1.1%.

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