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Japan's blue chips plunge on Trump car tariff threat

Auto, machinery and finance shares lead the downturn

The Nikkei Stock Average has fallen by over 500 points in the past three sessions, mainly due to risk stemming from the U.S. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Shares in leading Japanese automobile, machinery and finance companies took a dive Thursday after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump threatened steep car tariffs and American interest rates lost upward momentum.

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