Japan's stocks are on a tear and could rise another 14%, says Nikko strategist

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  • Japan's Nikkei 225 has seen strong gains this year, rising more than 11% since the start of 2020.
  • Nikko Asset Management's John Vail says Japanese stocks could go even higher at a time when its markets are "sort of firing on all cylinders."
  • The recent bounce in Japanese stocks has in part been bolstered by positive momentum on the coronavirus vaccine front.
Signage for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), operated by Japan Exchange Group Inc. (JPX), is displayed outside the bourse in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
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SINGAPORE — Japan's stock market has seen strong gains this year, rising more than 11% since the start of 2020.

After spending decades off its all-time high in December 1989, the Nikkei 225 soared in recent days to levels not seen since the early 1990s.

But Nikko Asset Management's John Vail said the Japanese benchmark index is set to trade even higher going into 2021, as stocks in the world's third largest economy are "sort of firing on all cylinders."

North Asia has often been praised for its relatively strong management of the coronavirus pandemic, with major economies in the region weathering the crisis better compared to some of their peers elsewhere.

The recent bounce in Japanese stocks has in part also been bolstered by positive momentum on the coronavirus vaccine front that triggered gains across many major markets globally, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaching the 30,000 level.

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