Nikkei rises to 5-1/2-year high ahead of BOJ outcome

Tue May 21, 2013 8:03pm EDT

TOKYO, May 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average climbed to
a 5-1/2-year high on Wednesday, ahead of the outcome of the Bank
of Japan meeting, buoyed by the U.S. Dow Jones and S&P 500
indexes closing at record highs.   
    The Nikkei rose 0.5 percent to 15,455.37, its
highest since December 2007, while the broader Topix 
gained 0.5 percent to 1,276.91.