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Tokyo leads Asia stock markets lower ahead of U.S. jobs report

Tokyo leads Asia stock markets lower ahead of U.S. jobs report

Asian stock markets were lower Friday with Tokyo's index down more than 2 percent as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption of trading on Chinese stock markets next week. Japan's Nikkei 225 tumbled 2.6 percent to 17,687.18 and South Korea's Kospi dropped 1.5 percent to 1,887.61. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.6 percent to 20,809.50 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.1 percent to 5,021.60. Stock markets in Southeast Asia also were lower. The U.S. government issues the August jobs report Friday, which could play a big role in whether the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates at its Sept. 16-17 meeting....

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