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Asia stocks edge up as investors watch Russia-Ukraine talks

Hopes for resolution to conflict sooth some concerns

A man walks past an electronic board outside a brokerage in Tokyo on Feb. 28. Investors are keeping a close eye on the Russia-Ukraine war. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Japanese shares opened slightly higher on Tuesday as investors took stock of the crisis in Ukraine and oil prices showed some signs of easing off recent highs.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index rose 1.47% to 26,918 at one point during morning trade, while the broader TOPIX index climbed as much as 1%.

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