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Tokyo: Stocks close higher, lifted by weaker yen

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[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks rose on Tuesday as a weaker yen lifted exporters while investors focused on Japan's plans for a sales tax hike.

The Nikkei 225 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange advanced 0.98 per cent, or 166.96 points, to close at 17,234.98, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares was up 1.01 per cent, or 13.79 points, at 1,379.80.