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Tokyo: Stocks close higher after North Korea sell-off

[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks closed higher Wednesday on bargain hunting following the previous day's sell-off fuelled by North Korea's missile launch over Japan.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which hit a four-month low Tuesday, gained 0.74 per cent, or 143.99 points, to end the session at 19,506.54, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.62 per cent, or 9.89 points, to close at 1,607.65.