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Online trading grows at record pace in Japan's bear market

Bargain hunters on track to open 500,000 accounts in January-March

Many of the new stock investors opening online trading accounts are in their 30s or younger, brokerages say. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- The recent turmoil in Japan's stock market has sparked a record influx of users at online brokerages as new investors seize on the sell-off as a buying opportunity.

Among them is a 26-year-old office worker in Hiroshima Prefecture, who opened a Rakuten Securities account in mid-March.

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