TOKYO-- As most of Asia was celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday, Japanese investors also had something to cheer about Monday as the first batch of money from newly established mutual funds finally flowed into the market.

And there will be more cheers as two large funds kick off this week, including

Daiwa Asset Management's

300 billion yen fund that will buy domestic, under-priced shares.

The benchmark

Nikkei 225

index rose 182.30, or 0.92%, to 19,945.43, while the

Topix

index, comprising shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange's

first section, climbed 13.56 to 1754.78. The

Jasdaq

small-cap index jumped 4.10, or 3.9%, to 109.57, while the Nikkei

over-the-counter

shares rose 63.10, or 2.7%, to 2391.87.

Traders said dealers from

Nomura Securities

, most likely on behalf of

Nomura Asset Management

and its 1 trillion yen

Big Project-N

fund, were busy racking up orders today.

Toyota Motor

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looked like one of the fund manager's picks of the day, as shares climbed 190, or 4.0%, to 4990.

Computer and tech shares also fared well, with

Sony

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up 800, or 2.7%, to 29,980 and

Matsushita Electric Industrial

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closing up 40, or 1.3%, to 3120.

NTT DoCoMo

climbed 80,000, or 2.1%, to 3.84 million on a weekend U.K. press report that the mobile phone operator was mulling a $35 billion bid for

Orange

(ORNGY)

once the firm is spun off from

Vodafone Airtouch

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. The

Sunday Business

also said NTT DoCoMo could pursue a joint venture or take a majority stake in Orange, in a bid to expand into Europe and eventually to the U.S. NTT DoCoMo declined to comment on the report.

After signing a joint venture deal with

Monsanto

(MCT)

, shares of

Ajinomoto

soared 80, or 6.8%, to 1260.

The greenback saw some buying from U.S. investors near the 107.00-yen level, which pushed the pair up to 107.80. The buying, thought to be for the purchase of U.S. Treasuries, confirmed that a bullish dollar scenario will likely dominate currency trading this week, dealers said.

Korea's

Kospi

index closed up 22.91, or 2.4%, to 973.13, thanks to a decline in local interest rates.

Korea Tech Bank

jumped 1200, or 8.3%, to 15,750, while

Samsung Aerospace

climbed 600, or 4.4%, to 14,100.

Markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia were closed for the Lunar New Year, and will reopen Tuesday.