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[TOKYO] Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index opened 0.38 per cent higher Wednesday on investor confidence in a Greek debt deal, hitting its highest level in more than 18 years.
The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which closed at a 15-year high on Tuesday, added 79.90 points at the start to 20,889.32, reaching its best level since late 1996.
Investor sentiment was buoyed by signs of a possible breakthrough in the five-month stalemate over getting new funding to the near-broke government in Athens.
On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.13 per cent Tuesday.
The euro bought US$1.1177 and 138.43 yen early Wednesday compared with US$1.1168 and 138.36 yen in New York late Tuesday.
The dollar was at 123.87 yen against 123.89 yen.