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Tokyo Leads Asian Markets Higher After Data Push

Asian stock markets gained for a second consecutive session Friday with Tokyo leading gains for the region after a string of upbeat economic data in Japan.

The Nikkei surged 3.5%. The Shanghai Composite was up 1.5% while the Hang Seng rose 1.8%. The Sensex gained 2.5% but the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries edged 0.2% lower.