TOKYO, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Nikkei ended 1.34 percent higher Thursday on a weaker yen and further credit easing under new Bank of Japan leadership.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 167.46 points, or 1. 34 percent, from Tuesday at 12,635.69, the highest closing level since Sept. 3, 2008.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 12.21 points, or 1.17 percent, at 1, 058.10.
Financial markets in Japan were closed Wednesday for a national holiday.
Gainers were led by textiles, securities and utilities, while realtors, sea transporters and steelmakers were the only decliners.
The turnover was about 2,439.5 billion yen (about 25.43 billion U.S. dollars).