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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks bounced up as Friday trading got underway, following a higher finish for U.S. stocks, and comments from Japan's central bank about its stimulus efforts. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.7% to 14,695.78, and the broader Topix rose 1.6% to 1,214.210, with exporters Panasonic Corp. up 3.6%, Hitachi Ltd. gaining 3.2%, and Mazda Motor Corp. tacking on 2.5%. The Nikkei Average was looking at a 2.8% advance for the week.

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