TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) – Japanese government bond prices dipped on Friday as weaker U.S. Treasuries and stronger stocks dimmed the allure of safe-haven debt and weighed on the market.

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The benchmark 10-year JGB yield was half a basis point higher at minus 0.060 percent.

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The 20-year also rose half a basis point to 0.345 percent .

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JGB losses were limited, however, as the Bank of Japan conducted a regular debt-purchasing operation. The central bank offered to purchase 980 billion yen ($8.77 billion) of one- to 40-year JGBs on Friday.

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Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 0.65 percent, buoyed ahead of an upcoming corporate earnings season.

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Treasury prices slipped on Thursday after generally solid data on U.S. jobless claims and producer prices that may have eased worries about a steep downturn for the U.S. economy..

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