Tokyo stocks rebounded from morning' s losses and ended slightly higher on Friday ahead of a U.S. jobs report due out later in the day.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average inched up 31.73 points, or 0. 20 percent, from Thursday at 15,912.06 on an upbeat earnings report by fashion retailer Fast Retailing.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange went up 1.73 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1, 298.48.
Winners included bank, nonferrous metal and rubber shares, while decliners were led by mining, real estate and utility shares.
The turnover was about 2,933.7 billion yen (about 27.96 billion U.S. dollars).