(120531) -- TOKYO, May 31, 2012 (Xinhua) -- A pedestrian walks past a stock index screen in Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2012. Nikkei plunged sharply Thursday amid global equity sell-offs, hitting its lowest closing level in four and a half months. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended 90.46 points, or 1.05 percent, lower from Wednesday's close at 8,542.73, lowest since Jan. 17. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki) (dzl)
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