Japanese shares opened higher Wednesday as markets awaited the outcome of the US presidential election which is still too close to call as polls started closing in the United States.
The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 0.60 percent, or 54.05 points, to 9,029.20.
US stocks marked solid gains as the country chose between incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with the economy a key issue in the nail-biter election.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.02 percent to 13,245.68 on Tuesday.
The broad-based S&P 500 rose 0.79 percent to 1,428.39, while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.41 percent to 3,011.93.
"Regardless of who wins, some uncertainty will likely be removed," Kenichi Hirano, market analyst at Tachibana Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires.
"Investors can finally factor in specific policy implications from today on," he said.
On currency markets, the euro dipped to $1.2802 and 102.13 yen, compared with $1.2814 and 102.96 yen in New York.
The dollar was at 80.24 yen, little changed from 80.34 yen in New York.