The Tokyo Stock Exchange tumbled Friday, driving the benchmark Nikkei index to a 20-year closing low on growing fears that a military strike will be launched on Iraq.

The 225-issue Nikkei average slid 225.03 points, or 2.69 percent, to close at 8,144.12, its lowest finish since March 15, 1983, when it ended at 8,111.83.

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