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Nikkei edges up with initial kick from strong U.S. data

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose slightly at Thursday's open after data reinforced impressions that the U.S. economic recovery is gathering steam, but gains were modest ahead of central bank meetings starting later in the day.

The Nikkei rose 0.4 percent to 8,781.86, while the broader Topix

also put on 0.4 percent, to 730.54.

(Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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