Japanese shares end sharply low

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Tokyo, Jan 18 (IANS) Japanese shares ended the trading Monday sharply lower as sentiment here was hit by oil price decline and weak US economic data released last week, as well as on Wall Street plunge.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average declined 191.54 points, or 1.12 percent, from Friday at 16,955.57, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 14.52 points, or 1.04 percent, to 1,387.93.

Decliners were led by information and communication, real estate, and iron and steel.

The day’s turnover was about 2,243.0 billion yen ($19.15 billion).

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