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China contagion sends Tokyo stocks plunging

Investors begin turning to bond markets for safety, forcing down yields

The Nikkei 225 index shed 638.95 points to 19,737.64, its lowest since mid-May while the Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo exchange ended 54.75 points lower at 1,582.48.


FEARS of the financial and economic fallout from China's continuing stockmarket plunge caused Tokyo stocks to tumble by more than 3 per cent to a two-month low on Wednesday as investors began to grasp the full implications for Japan of the rout in Shanghai stocks.

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