Singapore markets closed

Tokyo stocks open higher

Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday following gains on Wall Street, as traders were buoyed by the prospect of a state of emergency being lifted in western Japan later in the day.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.53 percent or 109.39 points at 20,704.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index edged up 0.27 percent or 3.98 points to 1,498.67.