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Asian Markets Tumble

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

NPR's business news starts with Asian markets down.

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INSKEEP: Stock exchanges across Asia dropped sharply today after Friday's dismal U.S. jobs report. The report showed no new jobs were added in August.

Japan's Nikkei Index fell by nearly two percent, with markets in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai also posting significant losses. Investors remain concerned about the possibility of a recession in the United States, where markets are closed on this holiday. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.