Reform fears hit Tokyo markets

Japan - Two Japanese economy ministers have dashed hopes of an injection of public money into Japan's ailing banking system.

Their remarks sent shares tumbling in Tokyo and the yen hit its weakest level against the dollar in a week.

Meanwhile, Japan's top three brokerages have suffered a downgrade from a major credit ratings agency because of poor stock market prospects in the midst of the Japanese recession.

Ahead of US President George W Bush's visit to Japan, investors had been hopeful the