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Tokyo's Nikkei closes down nearly 2%


[TOKYO] Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index lost nearly 2 per cent on Thursday, extending falls in New York as the yen edged higher, weighing on exporters.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 1.97 per cent, or 422.94 points, to 21,046.24, while the broader Topix index was down 2.11 per cent, or 33.14 points, at 1,534.27.