Tokyo stocks end slightly higher as yen's rise takes breather

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Tokyo stocks ended Friday slightly higher as investors were heartened by a halt in the yen's rise, but gains were capped by investors unloading holdings ahead of a four-day holiday through next Tuesday in Japan.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 40.93 points, or 0.18 percent, from Thursday at 23,360.30. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 8.02 points, or 0.49 percent, higher at 1,646.42.

Gainers were led by pulp and paper, air transportation and land transportation issues.