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TOKYO -- Asian stock markets ended mixed ahead of the U.S. presidential election Tuesday, as Japan and South Korea edged lower and Taiwan and Hong Kong managed to book gains.

In Tokyo, the

Nikkei 225

closed down 31.1 points, or 0.2%, at 15,340.3 and the


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 2.6, or 0.2%, to 1452.7.

Japanese tech shares turned in a mixed performance Tuesday, as


(SNE) - Get Sony Corp. Report

fell 220 yen, or 2.4%, to 9,140 ($85.05) and



ended up 55 yen, or 2.4%, at 2,340.

The broader Tokyo market was also a mix of upward and downward pressure for major stocks. Wireless operator

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helped push things up, ending up 70,000 yen, or 2.3%, at 3.1 million, but

Bank Tokyo Mitsubishi


fell 29 yen, or 2.3%, to 1,259.

The dollar traded at 107.46 yen, up from 107.12 yen Monday.

Elsewhere, Taiwan's


index surged 220.3, or 3.9%, to 5877.8, after

Morgan Stanley Capital International

said it will increase the country's weighting in its indices. That means mean indexed funds will have to follow suit and buy Taiwanese shares. Chipmaker

Taiwan Semiconductor

(TSM) - Get Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. Report

rose 6.9% to 116.50 Taiwan dollars ($3.62).

Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index also ended in the plus column, rising 149.6, or 1%, to 15,820.8. Index heavyweight

China Mobile

(CHL) - Get China Mobile Ltd. Report

helped carry the index higher, rising HK$0.75, or 1.4%, to 53.75 ($6.89), along with bank



, which rose 0.4% to HK$116.50.

South Korea's


index fell 3.3, or 0.6%, to 553.4, as Old Economy shares weighed on the market.