The Tokyo Stock Exchange reported that it will halt all share trading 20 minutes earlier than usual (0540GMT), due to an overload of orders. The bourse issued a warning earlier Wednesday that it could stop trading if share transactions hit the limit of the system's processing capacity of 4 million transactions.
It was not clear at that moment how many transactions were made as of Wednesday afternoon.
Trading volume, a different measure, is usually a far higher number because each transaction typically involves many shares, reports the AP.
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