Japan's market continued its upward move on Thursday.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Average gained 156.34 points or 1.84 percent to 8,636.33. Of the Nikkei member stocks, there were 158 closing higher, 61 lower and 5 were unchanged.

The broader Topix posted its 9th straight gain, rising 8.32 points or 1.0 percent to 826.81.

Electronics leaders helped push the market higher. Sony shares leapt 195 yen or 9.4 percent, Pioneer was up 5 yen or 3.42 percent, Panasonic gained 19 yen or 1.65 percent, Canon was up 100 yen or 3.49 percent and Sanyo advanced 8 yen or 5.84 percent.

The drug makers were weaker, with Takeda Pharmaceutical down 180 yen or 4.71 percent, Astellas Pharma down 50 yen or 1.53 percent and DaiiChi Sankyo down 28 yen or 1.60 percent.

Telecoms had another strong session, with KDDI up 14,000 yen or 2.93 percent, NTT DoCoMo up 1,600 yen or 1.12 percent, NTT Data up 6,300 yen or 2.29 percent, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone up 90 yen or 2.32 percent and Softbank up 41 yen or 3.05 percent.

Stocks on Wall Street closed with gains that again accelerated late in the trading session. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 174.75 points or 2.25 percent at 7,924.56. On the broader market averages, the Nasdaq Composite index was up 58.05 points or 3.80 percent at 1,587.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 18.98 points or 2.33 percent at 832.86.

Most major markets around the Asia/Pacific region closed higher on Thursday.

China's Shanghai Composite index rose 70.15 points or 3.06 percent to 2,361.70

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 486.87 points or 3.57 percent to 14.108.98.

Indonesia's Jakarta Composite index was down 16.14 points or 1.12 percent at 1,419.97.

In India, the BSE 30 index advanced 335.20 points or 3.47 percent to 10,003.10.

South Korea's KOSPI/Seoul Composite index was up 14.78 points or 1.20 percent to 1,243.80.

The Taiwan Weighted Index gained 40.18 points or 0.75 percent to 5,386.56.

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