Japanese shares rose on Monday, lifted by optimism around corporate earnings and U.S. economic recovery, while Nomura Holdings fell the most in a decade after it flagged a potential $2 billion loss.
The Nikkei share average advanced 0.81% to 29,412.24 by 0144 GMT, while the broader Topix rose 0.49% to 1,993.93.
Aiding sentiment, the S&P 500 and Dow closed at record highs on Friday on hopes for a recovery in the U.S. economy as vaccine rollouts continue.
Back home, chip-related shares led gains on the Nikkei, with Tokyo Electron jumping 4% and Advantest gaining 3.79%.
Nikkei heavyweight Fast Retailing, an operator of the Uniqlo brand clothing shops, rose 2.18%.