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.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
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 )