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Tokyo stocks lower, Nikkei 225 closed 165.56 points

TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed 1.52 percent lower on Monday after rallying at the end of last week to a 33-month high, and as the Bank of Japan begins a two-day policy meeting.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed 165.56 points lower at 10,747.74, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.69 percent, or 6.28 points, to 905.16.
 
“All eyes are on the Bank of Japan, which should come through to meet expectations for more easing and some kind of inflation target rhetoric,” said SMBC Nikko Securities general manager of equities Hiroichi Nishi.
 
The BoJ is also expected to adopt an annual inflation target of two percent — a key demand from the new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — in a bid to beat the deflation that has haunted Japan’s economy for years.
 
While more monetary easing would put downward pressure on the yen, dealers have been selling the unit in recent months on expectations of such a move by the bank.
 
The dollar was initially stronger in Tokyo trade, but slipped to 89.58 yen, from 90.08 yen by the end of trade in New York on Friday.
 
The euro also lost early gains at 119.32 yen from 119.96 yen, while it…

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The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed 165.56 points lower at 10,747.74, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.69 percent, or 6.28 points, to 905.16.

The BoJ is also expected to adopt an annual inflation target of two percent — a key demand from the new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — in a bid to beat the deflation that has haunted Japan’s economy for years.

While more monetary easing would put downward pressure on the yen, dealers have been selling the unit in recent months on expectations of such a move by the bank.

The dollar was initially stronger in Tokyo trade, but slipped to 89.58 yen, from 90.08 yen by the end of trade in New York on Friday.

The euro also lost early gains at 119.32 yen from 119.96 yen, while it…

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