At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.53% to hit a new 52-week high.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ), which rose 3.33% or 117.0 points to trade at 3632.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 3.06% or 210.0 points to end at 7074.9 and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T: 4507 ) was up 2.96% or 155.0 points to 5398.0 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ), which lost 3.73% or 20.0 points to trade at 515.5 in late trade. Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ) declined 3.66% or 102.0 points to end at 2684.0 and SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) shed 3.40% or 53.0 points to 1507.0.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1839 to 1169 and 350 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 6.18% to 17.75.
In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.34% or 0.18 to $52.88 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $54.78 a barrel, while the February Gold contract fell 0.65% or 7.45 to trade at $1135.25 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.68% to 117.92, while EUR/JPY rose 0.46% to 122.38.
The US Dollar Index was up 0.29% at 103.37.
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