TOKYO, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares ended sharply higher Wednesday with the benchmark Nikkei index surging over 3 percent on a weaker yen and a better-than-expected Chinese economic growth data.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rocketed 420.87 points, or 3. 01 percent, from Tuesday to end at 14,417.68.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 30.46 points, or 2.68 percent, at 1, 166.55.
Gainers were led by information and communication, brokerage and real estate shares.
The turnover was about 1,924.7 billion yen (about 18.84 billion U.S. dollars).