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TOKYO -- Asian equity markets got slammed Wednesday as investors fled technology shares after semiconductor stocks plummeted in the U.S. Tuesday.

In Japan, the

Nikkei 225

closed down 314.2, or 2%, at 15,513.6 and the


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 22.8, or 1.5% to end at 1459.8.

The technology sector naturally took the brunt of the selling, as chipmaker



tanked 120 yen, or 5.3%, to 2,150 ($19.93),


fell 120 yen, or 5.2%, to 2,205 and tech bellwether


(SNE) - Get Sony Corp. Report

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closed down 370 yen, or 3.5%, to 10,280.

Things also got ugly for telcos, with

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone


dropping 60,000 yen, or 5.1%, to 1.12 million, and wireless operator


ending off 60,000 yen, or 1.9%, to 3.16 million.

The dollar was trading down to 107.86 yen from 108.51 Tuesday.

South Korea's stock market was one of the region's hardest hit Wednesday, as the exchange was forced to stop trade temporarily on some futures contracts due to heavy losses. The


index closed off 31.2, or 5.3%, at 557.2, as investors pummeled tech shares.

Elsewhere, Taiwan's


index fell 168.9, or 2.7%, to 6040.6, after returning from a holiday Tuesday. Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index fell 427.1, or 2.8%, to 15,127.0. Index leviathan

China Mobile

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continued a massive three-day losing streak, falling HK$2.00, or 3.6%, to 53.50 ($6.86).