By Stanley White
TOKYO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose to a six-week high on Wednesday as bank shares extended recent gains thanks to rising bond yields, while major exporters reaped the rewards of a faltering yen.
Suppliers to Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) APPL.O also gained after the California-based tech company announced a new lineup of iPhones. 0152 GMT, the Nikkei index was up 0.45% at 21,489.40 after earlier rising to 21,504.04, the highest since Aug. 1.
There were 193 advancers on the benchmark index against 30 decliners.
The broader Topix .TOPX rose 0.87% to 1,571.52.
Japanese mega-bank shares rallied. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc 8306.T was up 3.87%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc 8316.T rose 2.54%, and shares in Mizuho Financial Group Inc 8411.T climbed 1.52%.
Yields on major government bonds have risen sharply recently, which eases the path for Japan's banks to earn profits on lending.
Daiichi Sankyo Co 4568.T , down 3.72%, was among the largest percentage losses in the Nikkei index
(Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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