TOKYO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average hit a
three-week high and extended gains into a seventh day on
Thursday as sentiment was buoyed after the U.S. Congress
approved a last-minute deal to end a fiscal standoff and avoid a
damaging default on government debt.
The Nikkei gained 0.8 percent to 14,586.51 after
hitting 14,664.22 earlier, its highest since Sept. 27. The Topix
advanced 0.8 percent to 1,206.25.