A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)
A man walks past an electronic board showing the stock index in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2014. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nikkei index ending 4.18 percent lower, hitting the lowest closing level since last October. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dived 610.66 points, from Monday at 14,008.47, its lowest finish since Oct. 8. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Tokyo stocks opened lower Thursday as a poor showing on Wall Street overnight coupled with the yen’s appreciation against the U.S. dollar made for a dour market mood.

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As of 9:15 a.m. local time, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 122.76 points, or 0.65 percent, from Wednesday to 18,738.51.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 10.27 points, or 0.68 percent, to 1,494.39.

Early issues that notably retreated into negative territory comprised insurance, electric appliance, and pulp and paper-linked issues. Enditem

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