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Tokyo: Stocks close lower, eyes on North Korea missile statement


[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks ended lower Tuesday as late profit-taking erased early gains with investors keeping a close eye on an expected statement from North Korea after its latest missile launch.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.12 per cent, or 23.45 points, to 20,032.35, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.29 per cent, or 4.71 points, to end the day at 1,609.70.