Around the World's Markets: Tokyo

A SURGE in on-line Christmas shopping in the US, coupled with a late flurry of futures trading, saw Japanese shares post their largest gain in four weeks yesterday, with the benchmark Nikkei index gaining 1 per cent to close at 13,846.

Computer stocks led the way, with Softbank, the software wholesaler which owns a stake in Internet directory Yahoo!, surging 6 per cent, and Fujitsu, Japan's biggest computer producer, adding 2 per cent.