Reassurances from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on continuation of the Fed's bond-buying program lifted shares across Asia on Thursday. The Nikkei rose 0.39% to 14,472.58, the Hang Seng surged 2.55% to 21,437.49, the Kospi climbed 2.93% to 1,877.60 and the S&P/ASX added 1.31% to 4,965.70.

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