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Japan Shares Rise on U.S. Jobs Report

Stocks in Tokyo rose Monday following word the U.S. added 162,000 jobs in March, the biggest gain in three years.

NEW YORK (

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) -- Stocks in Tokyo rose Monday following word the U.S. added 162,000 jobs in March, the biggest gain in three years.

The Nikkei 225 stock average in Tokyo rose 0.5% to 11,339.30. Markets in Hong Kong, China and Australia were closed. European markets, including London, also were closed.

The U.S. Labor Department's report added to evidence the world's No. 1 economy was on the rebound. The unemployment rate remained at 9.7%.

Wall Street was closed for Good Friday, the day the jobs report was issued.

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begins the new week at 10,927.07, a new high for the year.

Premarket futures suggest stocks will rise when Wall Street opens Monday.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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