Tokyo stocks closed higher Thursday as investors took heart from gains on Wall Street, where traders were reassured by a Bank of England intervention that helped push bond yields lower.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.95 per cent, or 248.07 points, to close at 26,422.05, while the broader Topix index ended up 0.74 per cent, or 13.65 points, to 1,868.80.
The dollar fetched 144.70 yen, against 144.11 yen in New York on Wednesday.
Tokyo investors were encouraged to buy stocks following Wall Street rallies after the Bank of England’s intervention in the British bond market reassured investors.
Following a historic slump in the pound, the BoE announced it was temporarily buying up long-dated UK government bonds to restore orderly market conditions.
In both Britain and the United States, the move pressured Treasury bond yields, which had risen sharply as central banks hiked interest rates. This prompted a flow of funds into stocks.