Greenback - U.S. dollar banknotes title - taken 102.48 yen in Tokyo , up from 102.39 yen in New York on Thursday , while the euro weakened against the U.S. dollar to 1.3811 dollars from 1.3813 positions dollars .
The European single currency rose to 141.54 yen from 141.45 yen in U.S. trade . But the rise in the dollar against the yen may be short-lived .
" We do not feel there are signs that the yen will begin an aggressive sales amid volatility decline , " said Osamu Takashima , chief currency strategist at Citibank Japan , as quoted by AFP news agency .
New claims for U.S. unemployment benefits edged higher last week but still remained near seven- year lows , according to the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.
Initial claims , an indicator of the pace of layoffs , slow economic recovery tends to decrease with the world number one from the recession .
The agreement in the talks in Geneva between the United States , European Union , Ukraine and Russia to reduce the crisis caused some short-term concerns out of the market , where traders in the foreign exchange centers including London and New York begin the Easter holidays on Friday .
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The parties agreed in the Geneva talks to restore security in eastern Ukraine , where Kiev has moved troops to repel the armed separatist pro - Russian government buildings they occupied .