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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pins a red rose above a candidate's name, indicating a victory in that Diet lower house race.

Foreigners piled into Japan stocks as Abe rose in polls

Overseas players bought net $15bn over four weeks leading to election

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TOKYO -- As prospects for the status quo in Japanese politics brightened, overseas investors bought more of the country's stocks, lifting their net purchases over four weeks through Oct. 20 to 1.76 trillion yen ($15.4 billion).

A report released Thursday by the Tokyo Stock Exchange shows that foreign players purchased more than 445 billion yen worth of cash stocks on the first, second and startup sections of the Tokyo and Nagoya bourses in the final week of that period. This heavy buying fueled solid gains in Japanese equities over the days leading up to the Oct. 22 Diet lower house election.

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