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Japan's Nikkei jumps on weaker yen

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Associated Press

Tokyo's nikkei 225 led asian stocks higher tuesday as the yen weakened after a possible candidate for bank of japan governor voiced support for easier monetary policy. investors shrugged off a nuclear test by north korea.the nikkei, which was closed monday for a public holiday, jumped 1.9 percent to close at 11,369.12 as the weaker yen boosted export stocks. south korea's kospi fell 0.3 percent to 1,945.79 while benchmarks in indonesia, thailand and india rose. markets in mainland china, hong kong, singapore, malaysia and taiwan were closed for lunar new year holidays.

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