Japan leads Asian shares higher, buoyed by Wall St record

  • AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Kimono-clad women pose for photographers in front of stock prices board after a ceremony marking the start of this year’s trading the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo Thursday.

  • AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Kimono-clad employees of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and models pose for photographers in front of stock prices board after a ceremony marking the start of this year’s trading in Tokyo Thursday.

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday, led by Japan, on optimism over the coming year that pushed Wall Street to new record highs. Shares fell in South Korea despite signs tensions with its rival in North Korea may be easing.

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