Nikkei plunged sharply Wednesday, with the benchmark index ending at a one-month low below 10,000, tracking an overnight decline on Wall Street following an additional monetary easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
After opening marginally higher, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 230.40 points, or 2.29 percent, from Tuesday to end at 9,819.99, its lowest level since March 8, when it closed at 9,768.96.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 15.66 points, or 1.84 percent, lower at 835.36.
All 33 sectors on the TSE fell. Decliners were led by the insurance sector, the real estate and securities sectors.