Tokyo stocks rose sharply Friday with the Nikkei index ending at a fresh one-month high, aided by optimism about U.S. jobs data and views that the European Central Bank will maintain its loose monetary policy for a while to bolster economic activity.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average closed up 291.04 points, or 2.08 percent, from Thursday at 14,309.97, the highest closing level since May 29. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 17.87 points, or 1.53 percent, at 1,188.58.
All 33 sectors gained led by steel, nonferrous metals and glass companies.
The Nikkei stayed firm throughout the session and accelerated its upswing toward the closing bell amid growing expectations that the closely watched U.S. nonfarm payrolls data for June may turn out quite strong, brokers said.