A man wearing a facial mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, stands in front of an electric board showing Nikkei (top in C) and other countries stock index outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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  • Asia ex-Japan inches up, Nikkei slips
  • Focus on U.S. payrolls and Fed policy
  • Holidays in UK, U.S. keep liquidity thin

SYDNEY, May 31 (Reuters) – Asian shares were trying to extend their recent rally to a third week on Monday in the hope U.S. jobs figures show the expected revival in hiring in May and keep the global recovery on track.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) added 0.3%, having rallied 2.2% last week. Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) fell 0.7%, while Australia (.AXJO) touched a fresh all-time peak.

Chinese blue chips (.CSI300) slipped 0.4%, while a survey showed a slight slowdown…

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