Nikkei advances as financials see fat gains, yen soft

TOKYO Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:06am EST

TOKYO Feb 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average climbed 1.9 percent on Tuesday, boosted by financials after a U.S. Treasury official voiced support for Japan's aggressive policies to combat deflation and bolster growth, prompting the yen to soften.

The benchmark added 215.96 points to 11,369.12, within reach of a 33-month high of 11,498.42 struck last Wednesday. The broader Topix rose 1.2 percent to 968.50.

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