Tokyo stocks soared 2.86 per cent on Friday to a 33-month high, boosted by a weaker yen, upbeat Chinese economic data and solid gains on Wall Street.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 303.66 points at 10,913.30, its highest since April 2010, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares was up 2.36 per cent, or 20.98 points, at 911.44.
Markets benefited from a steep fall in the yen sparked by reports that the Bank of Japan will announce fresh monetary easing at its two-day policy board meeting next week.
BoJ governor Masaaki Shirakawa met Finance Minister Taro Aso and economic revitalisation minister Akira Amari on Friday over a possible accord on setting a two per cent inflation target to beat the deflation that has haunted the economy for years.
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said.
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )