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Tokyo: Nikkei ends 1% higher as yen retreats; automakers surge

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[TOKYO] Japanese stocks rose on Tuesday as the yen began to retreat from the previous day's 17-month high against the US dollar, lifting shares of exporters as well as recently battered banks.

The Nikkei share average climbed 1.1 per cent to 15,928.79.

Japan's automakers, which rely heavily on overseas sales for profits, outperformed the index after the yen lost about 0.3 per cent to the US dollar by the end of trading.

Honda Motor Co Ltd rose 3.8 per cent while Nissan Motor Co Ltd climbed 3.3 per cent and shares of Toyota Motor Corp gained 3.9 per cent.

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Shares of Nomura Holdings Inc soared 7.4 per cent after reports that the brokerage planned to cut between 500 and 600 jobs, mainly in its European cash equities business.

Building materials company Lixil Group Corp bucked the strength in the broader market, ending one per cent lower after revising its net profit forecast down to a net loss for the year ended March 31, 2016.

The broader Topix climbed 1.5 per cent to end the day at 1,299.35 with all but five of its 33 subindexes in positive territory.

The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 1.5 per cent to 11,717.03.

REUTERS

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