Nikkei rises after U.S. cliff averted, exporters high

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 00:40 hrs

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 22-month high on its first trading day of 2013 as a deal in Washington to avert the "fiscal cliff" buoyed sentiment and a weaker yen lifted exporters.

The Nikkei added 2.0 percent to 10,605.94, the highest intraday level since March 2011. The broader Topix gained 2.0 percent to 877.06.

(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Paul Tait)

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