The vote allows Kuroda to stand in for current Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa after he steps down on March 19. Another vote is required to make Kuroda's appointment permanent.Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.4 percent to 22,533.11. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 1.8 percent to 5,120.20. Benchmarks in mainland China, Thailand and Indonesia rose while those in Singapore and Taiwan fell. South Korea's Kospi shed 0.8 percent to 1,986.50.
Asia Stocks Up As US Jobless Data Fuels Optimism
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