TOKYO , Dec. 17 -- ( Kyodo ) _ The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond ended lower Tuesday as buying was spurred after a 20-year government bond auction ended smoothly. The yield on the No. 332, 0.6 percent issue, the main yardstick of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.660 percent, down 0.025 percentage point from Monday's close. The price of the March futures contract for 10-year bonds rose 0.22 point to 144.08 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange .
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