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Tokyo stocks close up 1.16%


Tokyo stocks rose 1.16 percent to a four-and-a-half-year high on Thursday after Japan's lower house of parliament approved the government's nominees to lead the central bank.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 141.53 points to 12,381.19, its best finish since September 2008, while the Topix index of all first-section shares gained 0.65 percent, or 6.75 points, to 1,038.17.