Japan's Nikkei share average eked out small gains in choppy trade on Wednesday, but gains were limited as ex-dividend share price adjustments pressured the market and offset positive sentiment from strong U.S. shares overnight.
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The Nikkei rose 0.1 percent to 19,217.48 after traversing negative and positive territory.
The broader Topix shed 0.2 percent to 1,542.07 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 0.2 percent to 13,786.12.
(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)