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Tokyo: Benchmark index closes above key 20,000 mark

Pedestrians walk past a share prices board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (L) and a foreign exchange board against US dollar (R) in Tokyo on December 1, 2015.

[TOKYO] Tokyo's benchmark stock index closed above the psychologically key 20,000 mark for the first time since late August on Tuesday as sentiment got a lift from upbeat data on investment by Japanese companies.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 1.34 per cent, or 264.93 points, to 20,012.40, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares finished up 1.37 per cent, or 21.70 points, at 1,601.95.