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Tokyo stocks ended sharply higher Tuesday as sentiment improved on overnight record highs on Wall Street, while a slight weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar supported export-related shares.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 505.60 points, or 1.77%, from Monday at 29,106.01. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 22.98 points, or 1.15%, higher at 2,018.40.

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