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.
The annual "kanji" Chinese character of the year in Japan went to "ring" on Thursday, after Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, often referred to in local print media as "five rings." (Straits Times )
Two death-row inmates were hanged Thursday in the fourth round of executions since the launch last December of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said. (Japan Times )
South Korea has condemned Japan for publishing a video in 10 languages challenging its sovereignty over a tiny group of islets at the heart of a territorial dispute, demanding Tokyo remove it. (channelnewsasia.com )
Japan's Supreme Court has upheld the petition of a female-to-male transgender man to be recorded on the official family registry as the father of a boy born to his wife after the use of semen from a donor, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
A 12-year battle for justice took an enormous financial, emotional and physical toll, says Catherine Jane Fisher. But for the Australian teacher of English and mother of three, it's time to savor a landmark court victory. (womensenews.org )
The number of shoplifting cases accounted for nearly 10 pct of all criminal offenses recognized by Japanese police, with the rate increasing, a National Police Agency survey showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press )