DD, you could open an account with gcitrading, which includes the Nikkei 225 (price follows the nearby future - nice daily moves). They offer a full contarct also mini-contract. It's commission free, with no slippage in a fast market as far as I can see, although there is an overnight holding charge. Spreads are also better than spreadbetting companies. You do get some free charting, although this is available from the website without having an account. There is also some downloadable historical data in the charts set up, but this is hard to use as they have messed around with the date formats so when you paste it into excel you still have to fix it up.
I dont know much about the company, as I have only used them for demo trading.
Tuesday's close under last week's low points to more weakness as close is below the critical short-term support at 10500. This is keeping the Nikkei vulnerable to a test of the 10100 lower support next .
Mainly far east as I prefer the upside potential of these .. I am also long Hang Seng (but that is so weighted to HSBC.. 33% iirc) and have various other long positions in far eastern stocks.
You could be right re 10100/10300 but Greenspan is managing to talk stocks up right now .. but also USD down which hurts Japan exporters, so will be interesting to see Tokyos moves tomorrow !
Bit disappointed with the price move today .. Japan GDP Q4 was released.. 7.0% (vs expected 4.7%) so they sell the Nikkei because they are worried that they JPY will appreciate further ag USD as the Japanese economy is improving so much !!! Cannot really get my head round that so will stay long with an in the money stop but am seriously thinking of adding if gets close to 10600 ..