At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.99%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T: 2501 ), which rose 7.54% or 168.0 points to trade at 2395.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) added 6.35% or 20.0 points to end at 335.0 and Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (T: 9503 ) was up 6.29% or 70.5 points to 1190.5 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Panasonic Corp (T: 6752 ), which lost 6.64% or 94.5 points to trade at 1329.5 in late trade. Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ) declined 5.21% or 45.0 points to end at 819.0 and GS Yuasa Corp. (T: 6674 ) shed 4.90% or 155.0 points to 3010.0.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2858 to 709 and 172 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 26.89.
In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.91% or 0.59 to $64.46 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.76% or 0.52 to hit $67.72 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.87% or 14.55 to trade at $1692.55 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 108.91, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 129.32.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 92.222.
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