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Nikkei reaches 3-1/2-week closing high ahead of U.S. jobs data

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei stock average edged

up to a 3-1/2-week closing high on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. jobs

report that could give clues on when the Federal Reserve will

begin cutting its stimulus.

The benchmark Nikkei rose 0.1 percent to 14,713.25,

its highest close since Sept. 27, in a choppy session after

trading as low as 14,641.78. The broader Topix added 0.2

percent to 1,214.44 in relatively light trade, with 2.17 billion

shares changing hands.

U.S. payrolls data for September, delayed by the 16-day

government shutdown, is due at 1230 GMT.