Japanese stocks rose on Friday as a weaker yen raised sentiment, while investors bought stocks with high dividend yields such as life insurers before companies go ex-dividend next week.
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The Nikkei share average rose 0.7 percent to 17,002.75. It gained 1.7 percent for the week.
The broader Topix rose 0.8 percent to 1,366.05 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 climbed 1.0 percent to 12,338.78.
(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)