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Tokyo: Stocks close 0.32% lower


[TOKYO] Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index closed down 0.32 per cent on Wednesday, after the Bank of Japan wrapped up a meeting with policymakers trimming their inflation expectations but holding off fresh easing, despite the economy slipping into recession.

The benchmark Nikkei fell 55.31 points to 17,288.75, while the Topix index of all first-section shares closed almost flat, up 0.12 per cent, or 1.66 points, to 1,396.54.