Asian stocks fell Thursday ahead of a long weekend beginning Friday for most world markets, with bank shares taking the sharpest hit. The Nikkei declined 1.26% to 12,335.96, the Hang Seng ended 0.74% lower at 22,299.63, the Kospi was flat at 1,993.52 and the S&P/ASX lost 0.57% to 4,966.50.

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