TOKYO, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Friday as investors sought out high-yielding issues before the ex-dividend date at the end of this month, but ongoing concerns about a variety of U.S. President Donald Trump's policies kept the market on edge and capped further gains.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 177.22 points, or 0.93 percent, from Thursday to close the day at 19,262.53.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 13.51 points, or 0.88 percent, to finish at 1,543.92.
Issues that notably advanced into positive territory by the close of play comprised pulp and paper, bank, and electric power and gas-linked issues and advancing stocks outnumbered declining ones by 1,559 to 351 on the First Section.
Trading volume on the main section on Friday increased to 1,821.74 million shares from Thursday's volume of 1,759.63 million.
The turnover on the last trading day of the week totaled 2,145 billion yen (19.26 billion U.S. dollars).