Japan shares end sharply lower

Tokyo, Jan 18 (IANS) Japan shares lost ground by ending the morning session on trading Monday following weak US economic data and poor performance on Wall Street last week, with its benchmark Nikkei index plunging over 400 points briefly.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average tumbled 333.01 points, or 1.94 percent from Friday to 16,814.10, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 25.80 points, or 1.84 percent, to 1,376.65.

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