Tokyo stocks rose 1.90 percent Thursday as the yen fell on expectations Japan's premier will be unseated in elections next month by a business-friendly challenger who wants "unlimited" central bank monetary easing.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange added 164.99 points to 8,829.72 in heavy trade, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 2.09 percent, or 15.10 points, to 737.51.
However, Sony plunged 8.85 percent to 793 yen after the troubled electronics maker announced it would issue convertible bonds worth 150 billion yen ($1.9 billion), sparking dilution fears.
The Tokyo market's rise was fuelled by dealers betting that opposition leader Shinzo Abe would topple Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his centre-left Democratic Party of Japan at polls set for December 16, analysts said.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
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 )