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Nikkei snaps 4-day losing streak; U.S. worries still a drag

TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei stock average

notched its first rise in five sessions on Tuesday, tracking

gains in other Asian markets, but a lack of progress in ending

the U.S. government shutdown and the debt-ceiling standoff kept

investors on edge.

The benchmark Nikkei closed up 0.3 percent at

13,894.61, rebounding from a five-week low of 13,748.94 hit

earlier in the session.

The broader Topix added 0.2 percent to 1,150.13 in

relatively thin trade, with 2.64 billion shares changing hands.