Panic trading spurred by a widening criminal investigation of a popular Internet startup forced the Tokyo Stock Exchange to shut down 20 minutes early Wednesday as share prices plunged for a second day.
It was the first time trading had to end early because the markets computers couldn't handle a surge of transactions. The benchmark for the Tokyo exchange slid 2.9 percent Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 index dropped 464.77 points
The Tyco, Worldcom, Enron business model appears to have fans in Japan.