Nikkei closes at 52-month high as exporters gain

Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:15am EST

TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average climbed to
a 52-month high on Wednesday, buoyed by exporters on a weaker
yen and as Wall Street's gains lifted sentiment, but investors'
risk appetite was limited as they focused on who would become
the next Bank of Japan governor.
    The Nikkei rose 0.8 percent to 11,468.28, its
highest closing level since late September 2008. The broader
Topix added 1.1 percent to 973.70.
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