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TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average extended gains in afternoon trade, hitting a fresh 15-year high following better-than-expected Japanese gross domestic product data for the January-March quarter.
The Nikkei rose as high as 20,252.66 and last stood at 20,239.18, up 1.1 percent on the day.
Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Chris Gallagher