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Tokyo stocks open higher despite N.Korea missile launch

Tokyo stocks were higher on Friday morning with investors keeping their calm despite North Korea's launching its second missile over Japan in less than a month.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.21 percent, or 40.95 points, to 19,848.39 in early trade while the Topix was up 0.22 percent, or 3.52 points, at 1,635.65.