• Compiled From Kyodo, Bloomberg


The benchmark Nikkei stock index tumbled to its lowest close since December on Wednesday after shedding 369 points amid renewed turmoil in global credit markets.

The 225-issue Nikkei stock average plunged 369.00 points, or 2.19 percent, to end at 16,475.61, its lowest since Dec. 8, when it closed at 16,417.82.

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