JAPAN-STOCKS

Pedestrians pass before a share prices chart hitting a three-month high above 11,000 points in downtown Tokyo, 19 January 2004. Japan's share prices rose 179.13 points to close at 11,036.33 points at the Tokyo Stock Excahnge, reflecting the brighter outlook for the US economy. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO COPYRIGHT SCANPIX SWEDEN Code: 444