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SHARES JUMPED following Thursday's confirmation by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party that it would form a coalition with an opposition party. The Nikkei index rose 425.48 points, or 2.96 per cent, to close at 14,779.94.

Traders were encouraged by Thursday's statement that there would be a fundamental review of taxation issues as part of coalition talks. The market was undaunted when Japan's ministry of finance announced it would sell 1 million state-owned shares in Nippon Telegraph & Telephone.