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Tokyo stocks tumbled Wednesday amid lingering jitters over bearish U.S. equity markets, sending the benchmark Nikkei index to a sub-10,000 close for the first time in five months.

The 225-issue Nikkei stock average fell 267.91 points, or 2.62 percent, to close at 9,947.72. The broader Topix index of all first section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange shed 16.20 points, or 1.63 percent, to close at 976.63.

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