By Junko Fujita
TOKYO, April 5 (Reuters) - Japanese shares closed higher on Monday, as strong U.S. jobs data lifted optimism about a recovery in the world's largest economy, prompting investors to buy index heavyweights SoftBank Group and Fast Retailing along with chip-related stocks.
The U.S. labour department said on Friday non-farm payrolls surged by 916,000 jobs last month, the biggest gain since last August and well above economists' median forecast of 647,000. have reacted very positively to the strong data for U.S. employment," said Shoichi Arisawa, general manager of the investment research department at IwaiCosmo Securities.
"U.S. bond yields rose shortly after the jobs data came out and that is boosting Japanese bank shares as well."
Banking and securities sectors .ISECU.T .IBNKS.T also advanced, with Nomura Holdings 8604.T jumping 4.3%. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 8306.T gained 3.05%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 8316.T rose 3.21%, and Mizuho Financial Group 8411.T advanced 2.81%.
Shipping firms received a big boost after Mitsui OSK Lines 9104.T , up 5.71%, on Friday raised its annual current profit forecast to 120 billion yen ($1.09 billion) from 95 billion yen. Yusen 9101.T jumped 5.66% and Kawasaki Kisen
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