TOKYO, March 10 Japan's Nikkei share average
closed at its highest since December 2015 on Friday as exporters
benefitted from the dollar hitting a six-week high against the
yen, while investors waited for a U.S. jobs report that could
pave the way for a rate hike as early as next week.
Financial stocks also rallied after U.S. bond yields rose.
The Nikkei added 1.5 percent to 19,604.61, the
highest closing level since Dec. 7, 2015. For the week, the
benchmark index climbed 0.7 percent.
The broader Topix was up 1.2 percent at 1,574.01,
while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 1.3 percent
The Nikkei Jasdaq index eked out small gains,
rising for a 21st straight session, its longest winning streak
since early 2004.
(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)