TOKYO -- Asian equity markets closed broadly lower Wednesday, as the region's technology shares got pounded after


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lackluster earnings Tuesday.

In Tokyo, the

Nikkei 225

tanked 467.7, or 3.1%, to close at 14,872.5, ending under 15,000 for the first time in more than a year and a half. The


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 30.9, or 2.2% to finish the day at 1407.3.



weak close also conspired with the limp IBM results to force Japanese tech shares sharply lower. Chipmaker



dropped 95 yen, or 4.2%, to 2,150 ($19.89),


dropped 120 yen, or 5.4%, to 2,100 and

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closed down 400 yen, or 4%, at 9,610.

Things got ugly in other sectors too, as


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fell 260 yen, or 6%, to 4,080 and

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone


fell 50,000 yen, or 4.6%, to 1.05 million.

The dollar was trading at 108.05 yen from 108.15 yen Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Taiwan's


index closed off 270.1, or 4.7%, at 5432.2, as chipmakers including

Taiwan Semiconductor

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, which dropped nearly 7%, got mauled. Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index fell 414.9, or 2.8%, to 14,458.5.

South Korea was the only exception to the bloodletting Tuesday, as the


index crept 1.3 higher, or 0.3%, to 514.2, after getting hammered Tuesday.