Nikkei closes up

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JapanBrokerage REUTERS A man looks at his watch as he passes an electronic board displaying a graph of currency rates outside a brokerage in Tokyo.

Tokyo stocks closed up 2.82 percent on Friday, the first day of 2013 trading, as the yen tumbled on relief over a US deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and huge spending cuts.

The Nikkei 225 index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which ended 2012 at the highest level since the March 2011 quake and tsunami disaster, added 292.93 points to 10,688.11.

The Topix index of all first-section issues gained 3.34 percent or 28.71 points to 888.51. - Sapa-AFP

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