Tokyo’s Nikkei stock index closes 3.51 percent higher

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A man checks his mobile phone in front of the electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Asian markets mostly rose Wednesday as dealers welcomed another batch of strong US data while China’s central bank said it had moved to ease a liquidity crisis that has gripped the country’s financial markets. AP PHOTO/ITSUO INOUYE

TOKYO–Tokyo stocks jumped 3.51 percent Friday as Japan’s premier bourse got a boost from a weaker yen and following comments from US Federal Reserve officials aimed at soothing concerns over its stimulus programe.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 463.77 points to 13,677.32, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 3.19 percent, or 35.01 points, to 1,133.84.

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