Tokyo Stock Trading Halted Due To Worst-Ever Malfunction

Stock prices for individual shares are missing from a financial data board in Tokyo on Oct. 1, 2020, as the Japan Exchange Group Inc. halted trading in all shares listed on the Tokyo bourse due to a system glitch. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Tokyo Stock Exchange halted trading of all listed shares for the entire Thursday session due to a system glitch, making it the first full-day suspension since the bourse introduced a fully computerized system in May 1999.

The breakdown dealt a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga who pledges to make digitalization a top policy priority and Tokyo’s efforts to attract more foreign financial institutions and talent in a bid to boost its standing as a global financial hub.

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