Tokyo stocks ended slightly higher Friday following gains by U.S. and European stocks, but profit taking ahead of the release of U.S. jobs data diminished some of the market's earlier gains.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 30.63 points, or 0. 18 percent, from Thursday at 17,197.73.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 2.91 points, or 0.21 percent, higher at 1,380.58.
Gainers were led by communication, insurance and rubber issues.
The turnover was 2,438.5 billion yen (about 20.51 billion U.S. dollars).