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THE BENCHMARK Nikkei index bucked the global trend, ending 2.5 per cent higher as renewed weakness in the yen outweighed concerns about the Brazilian economy.

The Nikkei closed up 335.26 points at 13,738.26 as analysts predicted that the fall in the yen would help relieve the pressure on Japanese exporters.

The yen was trading at 113.5 to the dollar in Tokyo trade, well off its highs of 108 to the dollar earlier in the week.