Japan’s Nikkei index hits 26-year high

The EPA

The index Nikkei 225 leading Japanese stocks reached their highest level in 26 years at the end of the day Tuesday.

Added by 0.6% of its final value in 23,849.99 when the markets reopened following a public holiday Monday to its highest level since November of 1991.

The index was helped by gains in Wall Street during the holidays.

The index Nikkei of the climb follows the Japan’s longest period of economic growth in more than two decades.

Japan’s economy has been driven by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Abenomics package of reforms and an increase in business investment.

He introduced the reforms in December 2012 with a plan for the economy of Japan from a long period of stagnation in growth through the three “arrows” of Abenomics – monetary policy, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.

In December, the world’s third-largest economy, showed its seventh consecutive quarter of growth.

This put the country in its longest stretch of uninterrupted growth since at least 1994, when comparable data was made available.

In an attempt to revive the economy in the year 2001, the country adopted a policy of zero interest rates to make it cheaper for consumers and businesses to borrow money, instead of saving it.

However, the policy was scrapped in the summer of 2006.