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TOKYO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Wednesday in choppy trade ahead of the holidays as investors locked in gains after the market hovered at more than one-year highs earlier.
The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 19,444.49 after trading in positive territory in the morning.
The broader Topix dropped 0.5 percent at 1,544.94, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 0.4 percent to 13,850.89.
Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Shri Navaratnam