Some of the top performers of the session included JGC Corp., which rose 3.54% to 1,726.00, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, which added 3.23% to 384.00, and NTN Corp., which was up 3.07% to 269.00.
On the other hand, the worst performers of the session included Tokyo Electric Power Co., which fell 4.28% to 492.00, Resona Holdings, which declined 2.75% to 719.00, and Shinsei Bank, which was down 2.63% to 2,183.00.
The Nikkei Volatility, a measure of the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, rose 3.27% to 20.20.
In other market news, crude oil for February delivery rose 2.40% to $79.35 per barrel, while Brent oil for March delivery remained unchanged at $84.50 per barrel. The February gold futures contract rose 0.60% to $1,806.00 per troy ounce.
The exchange rate between the US dollar and Japanese yen fell 0.16% to 132.57, while the exchange rate between the euro and Japanese yen remained unchanged at 140.94. The US Dollar Index Futures, which tracks the value of the US dollar against a basket of other currencies, fell 0.08% to 104.04.
The number of rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with 1821 stocks up and 1764 down. A total of 269 stocks remained unchanged.