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Tokyo Share Crisis
Fill in the gaps with prepositions
The Tokyo stock market was forced to shut down ____ the first time ____ 57 years today
after fraud allegations that surround pioneering internet portal firm Livedoor panicked
many investors and sent shares ____ a tailspin.
Just twenty minutes ____ the stock market was scheduled to close, the Tokyo Stock
Exchange said it could not accept any new orders ____ listed shares or bonds as a surge
in sell orders threatened to crash their computerised trading system.
Japanese stocks plunged ____ free-fall as this scandal surrounding the Livedoor group
made investors panic ____ a second day.
The decision to shut the stock exchange, and to only open it ____ a limited time on
Thursday – was yet another grim blow to investor confidence, as the TSE has been
responsible ____ two days of system-related chaos in the past few months.
Brokers reported making vain attempts to explain the situation ____ clients as "nothing
more than a three-day panic". Many decried the move as the panic of "gamblers who
thought they had the grit play ____ a high-stakes table, but would actually be better-off
playing the slot machines."
In one of the worst trading days for years the ‘Livedoor Shock’ sent the Nikkei 225 Index
into a nosedive throughout the morning, crashing ____ by more than 700 points before
staging a modest rally later.