Nikkei 225 index is up 0.71 percent at the closing of trading in Japan.

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Stocks in Japan rose after the close on Monday, driven by advances in the Paper & Pulp, Railway & Bus, and Real Estate sectors.

The Nikkei 225 gained 0.71 percent at the Tokyo closing. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was the highest performance on the Nikkei 225, rising 4.97 percent or 340.0 points to trade at 7180.0 at the closing. In late trade, NTN Corp. (T:6472) rose 2.64 percent or 6.0 points to 233.0, while Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983) up 2.59 percent or 1760.0 points to 69760.0.

Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T:6098) was the poorest performer of the session, falling 3.66 percent or 253.0 points to close at 6658.0. Z Holdings Corp (T:4689) was down 2.73 percent or 19.5 points to 695.0, while GS Yuasa Corp. (T:6674) was down 2.92 percent or 73.0 points to 2428.0.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, declining equities outweighed advancing ones by 2055 to 1475, with 260 remaining unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility Index, which gauges the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, remained at 20.76, unchanged by 0 percent. Crude oil for January delivery rose 0.74 percent to $72.41 a barrel, up 1.03 percent.

Brent oil for February delivery increased 1.08 percent or 0.81 to $75.96 a barrel in other commodities trading, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.09 percent or 1.65 to $1786.45 a troy ounce.

The USD/JPY exchange rate rose 0.15 percent to 113.56, while the EUR/JPY exchange rate dipped 0.04 percent to 128.18.

Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah