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Tokyo stock prices continued to take a beating Thursday, as sharp declines on Wall Street overnight coupled with indications of a faltering economic recovery at home depressed the benchmark stock index to below the 13,500 mark, the lowest closing in over 23 months.

The 225-issue Nikkei average plummeted 491.22 points to end the day at 13,423.21, after shedding more than 700 points, or 5.3 percent, to 13,182.51 at one point in afternoon trading.

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