Japan stocks fall; TEPCO, financials hurt Topix

TOKYO, March 24 (Reuters) – Japanese shares slipped on
Thursday, with a sell-off in Tokyo Electric Power Co
and financial firms weighing on the broader Topix index
as radiation leaks from a quake-stricken nuclear plant stifled
any optimism on the economy.

The benchmark Nikkei average fell 0.2 percent, or
14.46 points, to 9,435.01. The broader Topix shed 0.8 percent to
853.95.

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(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa)

Japan stocks fall; TEPCO, financials hurt Topix