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Asian Markets Rise; Japan Notches up Seventh Day of Gains

Asian stocks ended the week on a high, with Japanese stocks posting the seventh consecutive session of gains despite a strengthening of the yen.

U.S. futures rose, with the Dow Jones mini up 0.26, the S&P 500 mini up 0.18% and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.24%.

The Nikkei 225 closed up 0.26% at 18,381.22 and the Topix closed up 0.31% at 1,464.53. Those indices were up 2.3% and 2.5% on the week, respectively.

Mitsubishi Motors (MMTOF) and Nissan Motor (NSANY) were among the lead gainers, despite a...