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Japanese Markets Finish Best Year in Four Decades

On the last trading day of 2013, Japanese shares closed at a 57 percent annual gain, their best annual performance since 1972. Analysts attribute the record to foreign investors jumping into the Japanese market after the government and central bank initiated policies that sent the yen plummeting against the dollar, making Japanese exports very popular. The Japanese currency has lost about a fifth of its value against the dollar since the start of the year. The benchmark Nikkei average...

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