Tokyo stocks finished Monday at a two-month high, adding 1.43 per cent after the front-runner to become Japan's next prime minister said he would push for further monetary easing if elected.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended up 129.04 points at 9,153.20, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 1.44 per cent, or 10.82 points, to 762.16.
Japan's main opposition leader Shinzo Abe, tipped to become prime minister after a December 16 election, last week called for "unlimited" easing by the Bank of Japan (BoJ), and vowed to strike a deal with the bank over further policy measures.
The comments from Abe, who is also seen by investors as business friendly, has put pressure on the yen as easing tends to weigh on a national currency.
Hopes for political change and measures that would inject new life into the slowing Japanese economy, the world's third-largest, helped boost the Tokyo market, while the weaker yen also lent support, dealers 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 )