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Tokyo: Shares up as exporters lifted by weak yen

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[TOKYO] Tokyo shares rose Wednesday as growing expectations for a US interest rate hike buoy the US dollar against the yen, which is good news for profits at Japan's exporters.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.50 per cent, or 83.59 points, to 16,819.24 by the close, while the Topix index of all first section shares gained 0.57 per cent, or 7.60 points, to end at 1,347.81.