TOKYO, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.42 percent in 2016 to close at 19,114.37, marking the fifth consecutive annual increase and highest year-end finish since 1996 when it ended at 19,361.35.

On Friday, however, it lost 0.16 percent, or 30.77 points.

The broader Topix index of all first-section shares was unable to keep pace this year, losing 1.85 percent to 1,518.61, snapping four years of gains.

It managed to edge up 0.01 percent, or 0.22 points on Friday, according to the AFP.

Japan's stock markets will be closed from tomorrow Saturday to 3rd January 2017 for the New Year holiday.

Source: Emirates News Agency