Spurred by "Abenomics" and a weaker yen, the Nikkei 225 index is outpacing its peers this year by a wide margin. Some stocks are posting gains of 60%, 70% or even 100%. Here are a few of the top performers.
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After 15 years of deflation and economic stagnation, Japan is making a bold bid to jumpstart growth through a series of policy actions.
The central bank has drastically increased its bond-buying program. The government is spending more on infrastructure projects. The experiment has been dubbed "Abenomics" after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It's far too early to call the program a success. But dramatic results can be seen in the Nikkei 225, Japan's marquee stock index.
Tire manufacturer Bridgestone is one example. The company's stock is up 67% this year.