At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 2.08%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T:4507), which rose 5.30% or 409.0 points to trade at 8121.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Advantest Corp. (T:6857) added 4.61% or 470.0 points to end at 10670.0 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035) was up 4.40% or 2620.0 points to 62220.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T:8303), which fell 1.69% or 31.0 points to trade at 1800.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T:5711) declined 1.23% or 24.0 points to end at 1920.0 and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801) was down 0.77% or 17.0 points to 2195.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2523 to 1046 and 224 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.56.
Crude oil for February delivery was up 1.21% or 0.83 to $69.44 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.87% or 0.62 to hit $72.14 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.18% or 3.25 to trade at $1791.35 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 113.74, while EUR/JPY rose 0.23% to 128.36.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 96.455.