Japanese stocks fall amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula

16:48, December 20, 2010      

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Japanese stocks fell Monday, as market sentiment was hurt by rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The benchmark Nikkei-225 dropped 87.42 points, or 0.85 percent, from Friday to 10,216.41.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 4.59 points, or 0.51 percent, to 898.55.

Trading volume on the main section fell to 1,709.06 million shares from Friday's 2,057.45 million.

The TSE's Second Section index lost 3.80 points, or 0.17 percent, to 2,179.11 on a volume of 48.19 million shares. On the Osaka Securities Exchange, the near-term March Nikkei 225 index futures contract fell 60 points to 10,230.

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