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IoT, self-driving tech offer promise in weak Japanese market

TOKYO -- Even as Japanese stocks tumbled Thursday amid worries about the global economy, companies in fields with high growth expectations such as the Internet of Things and self-driving cars proved a bright spot.

     The Nikkei Stock Average plunged 474 points to close at 17,240 as weak U.S. shares, yen appreciation and a commodities slump again spurred risk-off behavior. Exporters such as Hitachi, Sony and Toyota Motor suffered losses as the index reversed course after its first rise of the year Wednesday.

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