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HONG KONG — Asian shares rose on Monday as traders awaited a flurry of key economic data this week including Chinese growth figures that will shed light on the strength of the world's second largest economy. 

Investors were also eyeing testimony this week from the head of the Federal Reserve about the state of the US economy and the likely timeline for raising interest rates as the central bank winds down its five-year stimulus campaign.

Tokyo stocks gained 0.88%, or 132.78 points, to finish at 15,296.82, snapping a five-day losing streak, as the weaker yen helped lift the market.

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