Japan Shares Fall as Investors Assess the Impact of Coronavirus
Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 37 points or 0.2% lower to 23,754, on Friday, at 11:35 AM Japan time, as investors continue assessing the impact of a fast-spreading coronavirus after Japan's health ministry confirmed a second case of in the country. The death toll in China has now risen to 25, while the number of confirmed cases jumped to 830. On economic front, official data showed that annual core consumer inflation, which excludes fresh food, rose to 0.7 percent in December from 0.5 percent in November, the most since May, but remaining way below the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target.
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