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Tokyo: Nikkei up on final day of 2015; ends year up 9.1%

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[TOKYO] Japanese stocks edged up in thin trade on Wednesday after a Wall Street rally helped brighten sentiment on the Nikkei's last trading day of 2015.

The Nikkei share average closed 0.3 per cent higher at 19,033.71.

The index gained 9.1 per cent for the year, driven by the US economic recovery and the weaker yen as well as the Bank Of Japan's asset purchases.

The broader Topix rose 0.3 per cent to 1,547.30 in thin trade, with only 1.32 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since April 2014. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 edged up 0.2 per cent to 13,951.93.

Japanese markets will be closed until Jan 3.

REUTERS