At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.12% to hit a new 5-year high.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406), which rose 17.47% or 94.0 points to trade at 632.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) added 12.66% or 51.0 points to end at 454.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) was up 9.84% or 36.0 points to 402.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were AGC Inc (T:5201), which fell 2.97% or 115.0 points to trade at 3755.0 at the close. Sony Corp (T:6758) declined 2.85% or 355.0 points to end at 12095.0 and Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269) was down 2.58% or 132.0 points to 4978.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2548 to 1045 and 158 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.79.
Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.06% or 0.60 to $57.45 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.65% or 0.39 to hit $59.95 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 4.30 to trade at $1817.30 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 105.50, while EUR/JPY rose 0.04% to 127.00.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 91.058.