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Tokyo: Shares open lower on growth worries, stronger yen


[TOKYO] Tokyo shares opened lower Thursday as worries about the pace of growth of Japan's economy and a stronger yen weighed on sentiment, despite a positive lead from Wall Street.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange slipped 0.53 per cent, or 88.89 points, to 16,742.03 in opening deals, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.52 per cent, or 7.01 points, to 1,343.96.