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Asia stocks rise after Wall Street jump and India rate cut

G-20 leaders' commitment brings relief as investors shake off jobless data

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a screen showing Nikkei stock average in Tokyo on March 27. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- Asian stocks gained on Friday, taking their cue from a rise in the U.S. that reflected investors' enthusiasm for a big economic stimulus to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Japan's Nikkei average index closed up 3.9% to 19,389, with demand for stocks including medical equipment maker Telmo, SoftBank Group, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Tokyo Electron.

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