The U.S. dollar rose against the yenFriday after the key U.S. nonfarm payrolls report came in not as bad as many had feared, bolstering investors' appetite for riskier assets.
The dollar was little changed against the euro, stabilizing after falling sharply in the previous session sparked by a smaller-than-expected interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank.
The dollar rose above 100 yen after data showed U.S. employers cut 663,000 jobs in March and drove the unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, a 25-year high.
"It's a pretty awful number but it was almost to be expected,'' said Matt Esteve, a foreign exchange trader at Tempus Consulting in Washington. "There seems to be no bottom in the U.S. job markets yet, but other recent economic indicators have been better than expected.''
"The dollar trading above 100 versus the yen, it's really where it should be,'' he added. "The Japanese economy is in dire straits.''
The dollar was last up at over 100 yen after rising as high as 100.37 yen, a five-month peak, according to Reuters data.