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Tokyo: Stocks close 1.64% higher


[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks ended up 1.64 per cent on Friday, picking up a strong lead from Wall Street after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting suggested it could keep interest rates at record lows into 2016.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange closed 297.50 points higher at 18,438.67, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares jumped 2.28 per cent, or 33.73 points, to 1,515.13.