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Around the World's Markets: Tokyo

JAPANESE STOCKS fell as nervousness over a possible further rise in the yen triggered profit-taking in export-driven companies. The Nikkei- 225 fell 62.28 points or 0.34 per cent to 18,495.95.

The stronger yen dragged Fujitsu down 4.42 per cent and Sony by 2.59 per cent.

Other hi-tech exporters also suffered, amid worries that an ever-stronger yen will reduce the value of Japanese companies' profits earned abroad.