URGENT ¥¥¥ Tokyo stocks back at pre-Lehman shock level

Tokyo stocks closed 2.64 percent higher Friday, recovering to levels seen before the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers that heralded the beginning of the global economic crisis.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index ended up 315.54 points to 12,283.62, while the Topix index of all first-section shares added 1.61 percent, or 16.15 points, to 1,020.50.