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.
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com )
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press )
A thousand days have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. However, only 1.2 percent of the planned land development for collective relocation of disaster-affected communities and construction of publicly operated housing have materialized, according to a survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun. (Yomiuri )
There is a fairly well-documented sex doll subculture in Japan, and one of its leading manufacturers is Orient Industry. Gaga and Universal Music Group's Japanese branch recruited the company to make replicas of the pop star. (businessinsider.com.au )