Tokyo stocks ended 1.12 percent higher Thursday on hopes for a breakthrough of the U.S. political standoff.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average closed up 156.87 points, from Wednesday at 14,194.71.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended up 11.05 points, or 0.95 percent, at 1, 177.95.
Gainers were led by pharmaceutical, food and sea transport issues while decliners included nonferrous, consumer finance and banking firms.
The turnover was 1792.9 billion yen (about 18.37 billion US dollars).