Agence France-PresseMarch 26, 2014 03:28
Tokyo stocks rose 0.23 percent on Wednesday morning, bolstered by gains on Wall Street and as dealers locked in dividends before the start of the next tax year in April.
The Nikkei 225 index climbed 32.81 points to 14,456.00 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.48 percent, or 5.58 points, at 1,169.28.
Market players were unmoved by North Korea's test-firing of two ballistic missiles.
Under the Tokyo Stock Exchange's settlement rules, March 26 is the last day to secure payouts on stocks for the fiscal year ending on March 31.