TOKYO, March 13 Japan's Nikkei share average
ticked up on Monday to a 15-month closing high as investors
picked up defensive shares while exporter shares were shunned
due to the yen's gains, though volume was subdued ahead of key
global events later this week.
The Nikkei rose 0.2 percent to 19,633.75, its
highest close since December 2015. The broader Topix
rose 0.2 percent to 1,577.40, also a 15-month high.
However, trading volume on the main board was the third
lowest so far this year at 1.47 trillion yen.
(Reporting by Tokyo Markets Team; Editing by Sunil Nair)