Nikkei 225 closes higher by 0.30% at 22,867.27

The Nikkei is closing in on the 23,000 mark
The more buoyant mood in Wall St at the end of last week is helping with that as sentiment around the region is also buoyed. The Hang Seng is up by 1.0% while the Shanghai Composite is up by 0.7% at the moment.