Tokyo stocks ended at a 15-year high Wednesday on expectations that the Bank of Japan will expand its already massive monetary easing program in the near future.
The 225-issue Nikkei index was up 149.27 points, or 0.76 percent, from Tuesday at 19,789.81, the highest close since April 2000.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 9.92 points, or 0.63 percent, to 1,588. 47.
Major gainers included mining, utility and retail issues.
The turnover was 2,604.9 billion yen (about 21.74 billion U.S. dollars).