Nikkei hits 23-month high, buoyed by Abe employment comments

Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:17am GMT

TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose
1.5 percent to a 23-month high on Friday, with exporters
extending gains on a weaker yen after the Nikkei reported Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe as saying the central bank should make
pursuing maximum employment a consideration.
    The Nikkei added 157.50 points to 10,810.14, the
highest level since February 2011. The broader Topix 
index gained 1.3 percent to 900.61.

After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.