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Japan Stocks fall on firm yen, Trump accusations

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The share market finished lower on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, as risk sentiments weighed down by the yen's ascent against the dollar. Meanwhile selloff pressure intensified on growing uncertainty over the policy management of U. S. President Donald Trump after news reports that he has leaked to Russia highly classified information related to the Islamic State militant group.

The 225-issue Nikkei average shed 104.94 points, or 0.53%, to finish at 19,814.88. The Topix index of all first-section issues closed down 8.41 points, or 0.53%, at 1,575.82. Falling issues far outnumbered rising ones 1,287 to 630 in the TSE's first section, while 98 issues were unchanged. Volume fell to 1.96 billion shares from Tuesday's 2.17 billion shares.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 17:47 IST