At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.56%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:7211), which rose 4.69% or 18.0 points to trade at 402.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mazda Motor Corp (T:7261) added 3.90% or 41.0 points to end at 1093.0 and Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd (T:5101) was up 3.77% or 72.0 points to 1982.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T:9062), which fell 5.80% or 420.0 points to trade at 6820.0 at the close. Ebara Corp. (T:6361) declined 5.01% or 320.0 points to end at 6070.0 and Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (T:7912) was down 3.89% or 114.0 points to 2814.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1852 to 1699 and 223 ended unchanged.
Shares in Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:7211) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.69% or 18.0 to 402.0.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.24% to 19.11 a new 1-month low.
Crude oil for January delivery was down 1.34% or 1.07 to $78.62 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 1.44% or 1.18 to hit $80.99 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.27% or 5.05 to trade at $1863.45 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 113.86, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 130.38.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 95.045.