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Around the World's Markets: Tokyo

RENEWED strength in the yen combined with the overnight fall on Wall Street to send Tokyo shares lower. The Nikkei 225 index closed down 188.77 at 13,898.08, still comfortably above the day's low of 13,769.25 and the technical support level of 13,800.

Car and steel makers, telecoms and banks were mixed, but hi-tech shares were lower in sympathy with the fall on the Nasdaq index, with Hitachi down by another 23 yen at 745 yen, and Toshiba down 18 yen at 724 yen.