Banking shares in Japan surged to lift the Nikkei 225, while most other Asian markets suffered losses Wednesday. The Nikkei jumped 0.9%, China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.6% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.9%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slid 0.3%, South Korea's Kospi Composite gave up 0.1% and Taiwan's Taiex shed 0.7%. India's Sensex inched up 0.2%, and Singapore's Straits Times added 0.5%.

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