Global markets rebounded Friday at the end of a brutal week as anxiety about the Japanese nuclear crisis subsided, at least temporarily.

With efforts to cool spent fuel rods continuing at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Nikkei 225 managed to register a 2.7 percent increase Friday to 9,206.75, fixing its decline for one of the most agonizing weeks in Japanese history at 10.2 percent after it had sunk as low as 19.8 percent on Tuesday. The Nikkei is now down an even 10 percent since the start of the year.

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