Shares in Japan led most Asian stocks higher on Friday, boosted by a new 15-year high for leading shares there.
In Tokyo, the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 1.9% at 19,254.25 points, the first time the index closed above 19,000 since 2000.
A weaker yen, which is good for Japan’s exporters as it makes their products cheaper to buy overseas, continued to support investor sentiment.
The US dollar was worth 121.349 yen, up 0.16% for the day.
Shares in Japan’s industrial robot maker – Fanuc – were up as much as 14% after reports the company might increase its dividend and buy back stock.
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