Tokyo stocks have jumped 2.08 per cent following a rally on European markets after the eurozone and British central banks signalled their easy-money policies will remain in place.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 291.04 points to 14,309.97, while the Topix index of all first-section shares gained 1.53 per cent, or 17.87 points, to 1,188.58.
With the US market closed on Thursday for the Independence Day public holiday, Asia took its lead from Europe, where stocks jumped after the European Central Bank indicated that rates will remain at low levels for the foreseeable future.
Tokyo trading remained thin, ahead of the release of the monthly US labour report later in the day.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Japan's ski competition governing body has suspended the membership of 2 teenage snowboarders for their use of marijuana. They used the banned drugs on their tours of the United States in December. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)