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Tokyo's Nikkei closes up 2.61% on cheap yen, shutdown deal


[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks closed higher on Tuesday following reports that US lawmakers had agreed in principle to avoid a government shutdown, with the market also helped by a cheaper yen.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index soared 2.61 per cent, or 531.04 points, to end at 20,864.21, while the broader Topix index rose 2.16 per cent, or 33.20 points, to 1,572.60.