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Tokyo stocks close mixed

Tokyo stocks closed flat Tuesday on profit-taking after several days of gains, while Sharp tumbled after a report said the embattled electronics maker is seeking aid from main lenders and may close some money-losing units.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange slipped 0.06 percent, or 11.72 points, to 18,815.16, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.12 percent, or 1.86 points, to 1,526.83.