TOKYO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened lower Wednesday amid continued rises overseas in COVID-19 cases with geopolitical issues clouding the outlook for the economic recovery from the pandemic.
As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 119.79 points, or 0.51 percent, from Friday to 23,240.51.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 8.26 points, or 0.50 percent, at 1,638.16.
Mining, iron and steel, and real estate-oriented issues comprised those that declined the most by the opening minuets after the morning bell.
Markets here were closed on Monday and Tuesday for national holidays.