– Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the added 1.41% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the were Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (TYO:), which rose 11.75% or 337.00 points to trade at 3,206.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (TYO:) added 9.11% or 644.00 points to end at 7,710.00 and Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO:) was up 6.55% or 256.00 points to 4,164.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (TYO:), which fell 8.54% or 174.50 points to trade at 1,868.50 at the close. Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (TYO:) declined 8.34% or 92.00 points to end at 1,011.00 and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (TYO:) was down 6.27% or 21.10 points to 315.60.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2456 to 1218 and 206 ended unchanged.

Shares in Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (TYO:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 9.11% or 644.00 to 7,710.00. Shares in Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (TYO:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 8.34% or 92.00 to 1,011.00. Shares in Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 6.55% or 256.00 to 4,164.00.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 8.30% to 18.23 a new 3-months low.

Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.39% or 0.31 to $78.94 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.35% or 0.29 to hit $83.04 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.11% or 2.60 to trade at $2,392.30 a troy ounce.

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USD/JPY was down 0.44% to 154.19, while EUR/JPY fell 0.50% to 167.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 104.17.

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