Tokyo stocks closed higher on Friday, tracking rises in US shares as investors cheered President Joe Biden's pledge to boost vaccination efforts.
The Nikkei 225 gained 1.56%, or 446.82 points, to end at 29 176.70, while the broader Topix index rose 1.46%, or 28.61 points, to 1 984.16.
The Tokyo market kept up momentum seen in New York, where investors welcomed Biden's pledge to administer 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in his first 100 days in office - double his earlier target - fuelling hope that the economy may soon regain a sense of normalcy.
"The Nikkei index rose following gains of all three major US indexes," Okasan Online Securities said.
In Tokyo trading, SoftBank Group grew 1.79% to 9 238 yen while Fast Retailing added 0.88% to 85 650 yen.
Automakers were higher with Toyota jumping 2.47% to 8 359 yen, Honda rising 0.85% to 3 304 yen and Nissan growing 2.29% to 605 yen.
Sony climbed 1.96% to 11 435 yen.
The dollar bought 109.26 yen in Tokyo in the afternoon, compared with 109.23 in New York overnight.