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Japanese stocks lower, dollar up vs yen.

Japanese stocks lower, dollar up vs yen.

Japanese stocks fell slightly Tuesday without market-moving news from Wall Street, closed for Christmas. The dollar was higher against the yen.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index dipped 1.92 points, negligible in percentage terms, moving to 17,090.97 points by early Tuesday afternoon on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Market players largely ignored economic indicators, including Japan's nationwide consumer prices and jobless rate, which fell within expectations.
According to the government announcement earlier Tuesday, Japan's nationwide core consumer price index rose 0.2 percent on year in November, and the nation's November jobless rate improved to 4.0 percent from 4.1 percent in October, both falling within market expectations.
Tokyo's broader Topix index, which includes all shares on the exchange's first section, was down 2.20 points, or 0.13 percent, at 1,662.67 points.
In currencies, the dollar bought 118.95 yen on the Tokyo foreign exchange market at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT) Tuesday, up from 118.84 yen late Monday in Tokyo. The euro fell to US$1.3130 from US1.3143.
New York financial markets were closed Monday for Christmas.
The 10-year Japanese government bond fell to 1.5650 percent from Monday's close of 1.5850 percent. Its price rose to 101.16 from 100.99.