TOKYO, Nov 2 (Reuters) Japanese stocks tumbled shortly after the start of trade on Friday, with both the Nikkei average and TOPIX index falling 2 percent after Wall Street plunged on renewed credit worries.
A stronger yen also contributed to broad-based selling, with financial firms such as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group especially hard-hit.
As of 0011 GMT, the Nikkei was down 2.03 percent at 16,523.84. The broader TOPIX was down 2.23 percent at 1,599.11.
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