The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average continued to climb on Thursday, topping the 35,000 level and marking a fresh 34-year high for a third straight day.

The Nikkei closed at 35,049.86 points, up by 608.14 points from the previous day for its highest finish since February 1990.

The broader Topix index also rose 38.39 points to 2,482.87 points, also its highest in nearly 34 years.