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The main gauge on the Tokyo Stock Exchange tumbled below 14,000 for the first time in 22 months Wednesday, dragged down by fears of slowdowns in the U.S. and domestic economies.

The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei Average dropped 217.94 points — 1.54 percent — to 13,914.43, its lowest closing level since Feb. 9, 1999. It was the fifth consecutive day of decline.

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