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Tokyo stocks open lower on lingering coronavirus concern

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks opened lower Thursday, tracking an overnight tumble on Wall Street amid lingering concern over the spread of coronavirus as U.S. infections continue to surge.

    In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 209.12 points, or 0.93 percent, from Wednesday to 22,325.20. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 12.51 points, or 0.79 percent, at 1,567.99.

    Decliners were led by air transportation, marine transportation and nonferrous metal issues.

    At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 107.03-04 yen compared with 106.99-107.09 yen in New York and 106.59-61 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    The euro was quoted at $1.1250-1251 and 120.40-42 yen against $1.1245-1255 and 120.42-52 yen in New York and $1.1297-1300 and 120.43-47 yen in Tokyo late Wednesday afternoon.

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