Tokyo stocks finished higher Thursday, as a pause in the yen's climb against the dollar prompted purchases of previously sagging large exporters. The Nikkei Stock Average ended at 8,824.07, up 71.76 points, or 0.82%, surpassing the 8,800 mark for the first time since May 17, according to (Nikkei) website. Automakers, precision instrument makers and other key exporters regained lost ground, as foreign investors bought Japanese stocks to rebalance their portfolios. The benchmark index trimmed its gains in the afternoon, weighed down by declines on Asian markets and concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown. Trading value on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange came to 1.087 trillion yen, topping the 1 trillion yen level for the first time in nine sessions.