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While Japanese shares rose, stocks in the rest of Asia suffered ahead of U.S. nonfarm payroll...

While Japanese shares rose, stocks in the rest of Asia suffered ahead of U.S. nonfarm payroll data and after weekly jobless claims disappointed yesterday. Hong Kong equities fell sharply amid reports of deaths from avian flu, with airline stocks particularly affected. South Korean shares again dropped as North Korea continued with its brinkmanship, while the weak yen hurt auto shares. Hong Kong -2.6%, China closed, India -0.1%, South Korea -1.6%.
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