TOKYO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average <.N225> was nearly flat aftter a news report that Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui has proposed an interest rate hike at the bank's policy board meeting that ends on Wednesday. The meetings normally end sometime between noon and 1 p.m. (0300 and 0400 GMT) but when policy changes are made they have tended to last until 2 p.m. (0500 GMT). The Nikkei was down 0.06 percent, or 10.06 points, at 17,929.06 as of 0349 GMT. The broad TOPIX index <.TOPX> added 0.18 percent to 1,785.96. Reuters Pictures Photo Editors Choice: Best pictures from the last 24 hours. View Slideshow Â© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.