Japanese shares continue to rally

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Japanese shares continued to climb after Monday's strong rally, with the country's Nikkei index leading gains across Asia.

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed 1.2% higher at 16,169.11.

A monthly poll from Reuters found that confidence among Japanese manufacturers inched slightly higher in June.

In China, the mainland benchmark Shanghai Composite fell 0.35% to 2,878.56 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong closed up 0.8% at 20,668.44.

South Korea's Kospi share index ended flat at 1,982.70.

Official customs data from South Korea showed a hefty 12.8% drop in exports for June so far. The figures came a day after Japan had seen a similar fall in exports for May.

Australia's ASX 200 closed up 0.3% at 5,274.36.

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