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TOKYO, Nov 15 AFP

November 15 2012, 6:56PM

Tokyo stocks have closed 1.9 per cent higher as the yen fell on speculation that Japan's premier will be unseated in elections next month by a challenger who wants "unlimited" central bank easing.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange added 164.99 points to 8,829.72 by the close on Thursday.

The broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 2.09 per cent, or 15.10 points, to 737.51.

However, Sony plunged 8.85 per cent to Y793 on worries about its new $US1.9 billion ($A1.84 billion) bond issue.