>Share prices fell along a broad front Friday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as concerns continue to dog the health of the nation’s financial institutions.

The 225-issue Nikkei average plunged 697.51 points, or 4.2 percent, to end the day at 15,836.36. It was the first time in two years and four months that the key index has fallen below the 16,000 level.

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