Tokyo stocks higher in morning as eased border controls welcomed

Tokyo stocks were slightly higher Monday morning on hopes for a boost to the economy following the government's decision late last week to further ease border controls with expanded capacity for overseas arrivals.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 132.98 points, or 0.50 percent, from Friday to 26,872.01. The broader Topix index was up 11.30 points, or 0.60 percent, at 1,888.67.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by insurance, consumer credit and marine transportation issues.

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