TOKYO , Dec. 19 -- ( Kyodo ) _ (EDS: TO BE UPDATED) The Nikkei stock index soared to a six-year closing high Thursday as investors took heart from the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to begin tapering its monetary stimulus while pledging to keep an accommodative policy as long as economic conditions require. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 271.42 points, or 1.74 percent, from Wednesday at 15,859.22, its highest finish since Dec. 12, 2007 . The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 12.58 points, or 1.01 percent, higher at 1,263.07. Most of the 33 sectors advanced, with real estate, insurance and mining shares leading the way. The air transport sector was the only decliner.
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