The Nikkei 225 average shot up Tuesday to rewrite its highest closing level in more than two years, with investors taking heart from an advance on Wall Street brought on by stronger than expected U.S. economic reports.

The Nikkei rose 213.29 points, or 1.05 percent, to close at 20,614.07, the highest closing level since Aug. 17, 2015. On Monday, the key market gauge climbed 44.50 points.

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