Tokyo stocks surge on US recovery hopes

Tokyo's benchmark stock index reached its highest level in more than 30 years on Friday amid rising hopes for an economic recovery in the US.

The Nikkei Average ended at 28,139, up nearly 2.4 percent from Thursday's close. Investors expect a Democrat-controlled Congress will roll out further stimulus measures to support the American economy.

The index added 4 percent over the last two days, despite the surge of coronavirus infections across Japan. Momentum was fueled by rallies in New York stocks.

The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 211 points from Wednesday's close, ending at 31,041, setting a record-high for a second straight day.