Nikkei hits 15-year high on Greece debt hopes, government growth plan

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Tuesday as hopes grew for progress in Greek debt talks and lifted stocks, such as banks, that had suffered recent declines.

Sentiment was also boosted by a weaker yen and an outline for a strategy to boost Japan's growth potential that the government unveiled late on Monday.

The Nikkei share average closed up 1.87 per cent at an intraday peak of 20,809.42, its highest since 2000.

The broader Topix rose 1.7 per cent to 1,676.40.

The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 1.66 per cent to 15,128.63.