Tokyo stocks plunge more than 5% by break

Tokyo stocks dived more than five percent on Friday morning, playing catch-up with a global sell-off after a one-day holiday amid deepening worries about the world economy.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 5.34 percent, or 838.74 points, to 14,874.65 at the lunch break, as a stronger yen hammered exporters.

The broader Topix index of all first-section shares declined 5.55 percent, or 70.25 points, to 1,194.71.

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