The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 199.85 points, or 1.35 percent, from Monday to 15,037.53, topping 15,000 for the first time since
The market opened sharply higher as buoyant U.S. and European stocks encouraged investors to scoop up recently battered shares.
"(Japanese) shares have been sluggish over the past month with the Nikkei below 15,000...but with U.S. and European stock indexes at historically high levels, Japanese shares shouldn't stay weak," said
The U.S. dollar's modest rise to the mid-102 yen range from the lower
Softbank was the top contributor to the Nikkei's rise, gaining
Among export-oriented firms, Canon gained
In contrast, movie distributor
Most sectors advanced, with major gainers including information and communication, oil and coal and glass shares.
On the First Section, advancing issues outnumbered declining ones 1,352 to 309, while 119 finished the morning unchanged.
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