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Asian Markets at Close Report | MarketWatch -November 15, 2012-: Asia stocks fall sharply, but Japan gains

By Sarah Turner and Chris Oliver , MarketWatch  HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Politics worked to split stock performance in Asia on Thursday, with Tokyo shares getting a lift from expectations for new elections and stepped up calls for more aggressive easing by Japan’s central bank, while China’s leadership change did little to boost shares.    Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average JP:100000018 +1.90%  gained 1.9% to end at a one-week high, the sole gainer among the region’s leading stock indexes.  The Asia Dow was down 0.8%.  South Korea’s Kospi KR:SEU -1.23%  fell 1.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index AU:XJO