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Tokyo: Shares end higher as automakers, banks rally


[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks rose Friday with automakers and banks chalking up gains as the yen weakened, while Toshiba erased early losses despite fears that its troubled US nuclear unit is headed for bankruptcy.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rallied 1.48 per cent, or 286.03 points, to end the session at 19,604.61 and the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 1.24 per cent, or 19.33 points, to 1,574.01.


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