Nikkei hits 23-mth high on Abe's comments; Fast Retailing shines

Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:03am GMT

TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei hit a 23-month high
on Friday, with exporters up on a weaker yen after Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly said the central bank should
consider pursuing maximum employment, while Fast Retailing
jumped after strong quarterly results.
    The Nikkei ended 1.4 percent higher at 10,801.57
Points, while the broader Topix index gained 1.1 percent
to 898.69.
    Index heavyweight Fast Retailing, the owner of the casual
clothing chain Uniqlo, climbed 4.8 percent.