By Ayai Tomisawa
TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose
for a fifth straight session on Tuesday on hopes that U.S.
lawmakers will soon reach a deal to reopen the government and
avert a possible debt default, with a weaker yen lifting such
bellwether stocks as Sony Corp.
The Nikkei rose 0.3 percent to 14,441.54. The Topix
was virtually flat, edging up 0.03 percent to 1,197.47.