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Tokyo: Nikkei falls hit by stronger yen; insurers fall on profit-taking

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[TOKYO] Japanese stocks dropped on Tuesday in thin trade after Wall Street fell, while a stronger yen hurt sentiment and insurers took a breather from recent gains.

The Nikkei slipped 0.3 per cent to 18,307.04.

The broader Topix shed 0.1 per cent at 1,468.57, with only 1.956 billion shares changing hands, the lowest level in two weeks.

The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also declined 0.1 per cent at 13,179.86.

REUTERS