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Credit Suisse's simple message for 2014: Buy Japan

Most stock market strategists have been playing down expectations for 2014 after a mostly rip-roaring bull market this year – which makes the Credit Suisse view on Japan stand out as a real table-pounder.

The Nikkei 225 has surged 47 per cent in 2013, easily becoming the world’s best-performing developed-market index with nearly double the return of the S&P 500.