The Japanese yen advanced against its major counterparts in the European session on Tuesday amid safe-haven status, as rising coronavirus cases in China fuelled concerns about the growth outlook.

Guangzhou and other major Chinese cities reported a spike in infections, dashing hopes for an easing of zero COVID policy.

Investors focus on U.S. midterm elections that will decide the fate of Congress.

The Republican party is expected to get a majority in both Houses, paving the way for a political instability.

Preliminary figures from the Cabinet Office showed that Japan's leading index weakened to the lowest since December 2020.

The leading index, which measures future economic activity, decreased to 97.4 in September from 101.3 in August. The expected score was 97.5.

The yen climbed to 146.14 against the greenback and 167.53 against the pound, from its early lows of 146.94 and 169.08, respectively. The next possible resistance for the yen is seen around 122.00 against the greenback and 160.00 against the pound.

The yen moved up to 147.77 against the franc, after falling to a 1-week low of 148.41 in the Asian session. If the yen extends rise, 124.00 is possibly seen as its next resistance level.

The yen edged up to 146.12 against the euro and 108.27 against the loonie, off its early lows of 146.99 and 108.73, respectively. The yen is likely to find resistance around 141.00 against the euro and 101.00 against the loonie.

The yen reversed from an early low of 95.03 against the aussie and near a 2-month low of 87.23 against the kiwi, rising to 94.59 and 86.60, respectively. The yen is poised to test resistance around 92.00 against the aussie and 84.00 against the kiwi.

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