Tokyo stocks open higher on weak yen

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Tokyo, March 23 (IANS) Tokyo stocks edged up from the off on Wednesday as a comparatively weak yen sent exporter shares higher.

As of 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 21.43 points, or 0.13 percent, from Tuesday to 17,069.98, Xinhua news agency reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, was up 2.09 points, or 0.15 percent, to 1,372.02.

Early advancers comprised insurance, iron and steel, and pharmaceutical-linked stocks.

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