Tokyo shares open lower

Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS) Tokyo shares opened the trading Tuesday sharply lower, with its benchmark Nikkei index briefly plunging over four percent, on weak performance in the overnight US market and the yen’s fast appreciation.

At 9.15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average tumbled 658.95 points, or 3.88 percent, from Monday to 16,345.35, reports Xinhua.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange shed 55.16 points, or 4.00 percent, to 1,325.25.

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