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Tokyo stocks close 0.99% lower

Tokyo stocks closed down 0.99 percent on Thursday, ending six straight days of gains as data showing machine orders -- a key indicator of the economy's strength -- unexpectedly shrank in August.

The Nikkei-225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 181.81 points to 18,141.17, while the Topix index of all first section shares slipped 0.79 percent, or 11.77 points, to 1,481.40.