REFILE-Nikkei hits 4-1/2 year high on Fed optimism, BOJ easing hopes

Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:12pm EDT

TOKYO, March 21 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average
rose to a 4-1/2 year high on Thursday, bolstered by the U.S.
Federal Reserve's pledge to maintain stimulus and expectations
of further monetary easing from the Bank of Japan's new
leadership.
    The Nikkei rose 1.2 percent to 12,621.66, its highest since
early September 2008. The broader Topix gained 1.2
percent to 1,058.54.
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