TOKYO, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Thursday, but gains made on bargain hunting were capped by ongoing concerns over U.S. economic policies.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 43.93 points, or 0.23 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 19,085.31.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, inched 0.21 point, or 0.01 percent, higher to end at 1,530.41.
Issues that notably advanced into positive territory by the close of play comprised oil and coal product, mining and real estate-linked stocks.
By the closing bell, declining issues outpaced advancing ones by 1,037 to 824 on the First Section although trading volume on the main section Thursday dropped to 1,759.63 million shares from Wednesday's volume of 2,055.53 million shares.
The day's turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week came to 2,190 billion yen (19.66 billion U.S. dollars).