Tokyo stocks close 0.73% higher

Tokyo stocks on Wednesday enjoyed their highest close since August 2008, despite international tensions over North Korea's military threat.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 0.73 percent, or 95.78 points, at 13,288.13. The Topix index of all first-section issues finished up 1.72 percent, or 19.00 points, at 1,121.04.