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Japan's Nikkei soars on 1st trade day of the year

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BANGKOK (AP) — Japan's benchmark stock index soared on its first trading day of the new year Friday, as investors reacted to a weakening yen and Washington's temporary avoidance of the so-called fiscal cliff. But other Asian markets stalled as enthusiasm faded over the last-minute budget deal reached in Washington to avoid steep, automatic tax increases and spending cuts that would have...