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Japan stock markets brought to standstill by worst-ever outage

Tokyo Stock Exchange loses entire trading day as regional bourses also hit

Detail of a stock quotation board after the Tokyo Stock Exchange temporarily suspended all trading due to system problems in Tokyo on Oct. 1.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange was forced to abandon trading on Thursday due to a technical malfunction, halting activity on Japan's main stock market for an entire day for the first time.

The unprecedented disruption is likely to raise concerns over the reliability of Asia's largest exchange by market capitalization at a time when Japan has ambitions of becoming the region's leading financial hub.

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