Nikkei opens down 0.8 pct, exporters pressured

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TOKYO, Oct 19 (Reuters) Japan's Nikkei average opened down 0.8 percent on Friday at 16,965.00, with exporters such as Hitachi slipping on pressure from a stronger yen and banks also seeing renewed selling.

As of 0005 GMT the benchmark Nikkei was down 1.1 percent at 16,882.72. The broader TOPIX was down 1.3 percent at 1,596.08.


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