Tokyo shares close at below 17,000
NHK -- Jan 18
A key index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dipped below 17,000 points on Monday for the first time since last September.

Shares were sold across the board immediately after the Tokyo market opened on Monday. The move came after share prices plunged in US and European markets on Friday.

The Nikkei average of 225 selected issues fell more than 480 points at one point.

Later, there were moves to buy back the shares that had fallen, but the Nikkei index ended the day's trading at 16,955, down 191 points from Friday's close.

The Nikkei index has dropped by more than 2,000 points this year.

週明けの東京株式市場は平均株価が一時500円近く下落し、1年ぶりの安値を付けまし­た。 先週末、ニューヨーク株式市場が大幅安となったことから、日経平均株価は一時480円­以上、値下がりし、取引時間中としては約1年ぶりの安値となりました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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