Japanese shares plummeted 2.2 per cent to this year's lowest level Tuesday after heavy losses on European markets as investors were concerned about a global economic slowdown.
The benchmark Nikkei Stock Average lost 193.89 points, or 2.21 per
cent, to 8,590.57, the lowest since April 2009.
The broader-based Topix index was down 14.62 points or 1.93 per
cent at 741.2, according to a report of the German Press Agency "DPA".