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Asia stocks firm ahead of U.S. jobs

Asian stocks edged up and the dollar rose to 1-1/2-month highs versus the yen on Friday, ahead of the closely-watched U.S. non-farm payrolls report due later in the day.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 per cent, taking cues from a modest bounce in Wall Street overnight.

Japan’s Nikkei climbed 1.5 per cent on the back of a weaker yen.

Shares in South Korea rose 0.3 per cent and the won firmed slightly after the country’s Constitutional Court upheld parliament’s impeachment of President Park Geun-hye over a graft scandal involving big business.

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