The Japanese stock market led a rally that swept through all Asian-Pacific markets Friday. Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.7%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index and South Korea's Kospi each gained 0.9%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1%. Taiwan's Taiex moved up 0.4%. China's Shanghai Composite climbed 0.8%. India's Sensex was up 1.8% shortly after midday.
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