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The average vacancy rate at office buildings in five central Tokyo wards jumped 0.13 percentage point from a month earlier to 9.04 percent as of Jan. 31, the first increase in two months, a Tokyo real estate broker said Wednesday.

The vacancy rate rose as newly completed large buildings became available for rent at a time when office demand remains stagnant due to the weak economy, according to Miki Shoji Co.

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