By Jonathan Davies

Japan's Nikkei share index closed at a 15-year high on Wednesday.

The market grew by 0.37% to close at 18,267.39 points. It comes after official data showed that Japan's trade deficit more than halved to 1.2tn yen ($9.9bn; £6.4bn) from 2.8tn yen.

Exports rose by 17% in January compared with the same month earlier. It marked the fifth consecutive month of rising exports.

The weak Japanese yen has helped to boost exports, with the currency making it cheaper for foreign companies to buy goods.

There was also a 9% drop in imports, helped by falling gas and oil prices.

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