TOKYO, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares ended higher Wednesday as woes in Ukraine eased after remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average finished 176.15 points, or 1. 2 percent, higher from Tuesday to end at 14,897.63.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 8.79 points, or 0.73 percent, at 1,212. 90.
Gainers were led by real estate, glass and insurance shares.
The turnover was about 1,938.6 billion yen (about 18.97 billion U.S. dollars).
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces engaged in military drills to return to their permanent bases, the Kremlin said Tuesday.
Putin also said at a news conference there was no need to use military force in Ukraine's Crimea region for now, which significantly relieved market fears over military actions.