TOKYO , Dec. 19 -- ( Kyodo ) _ The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond ended higher Thursday on selling prompted by rises in U.S. Treasury yields and sharply higher stocks in Japan and the United States following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to taper its monetary easing. The yield on the No. 332, 0.6 percent issue, the main barometer of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.675 percent, up 0.020 percentage point from Wednesday's close. The price of the March futures contract for 10-year bonds fell 0.20 point to 143.93 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange .
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