Japan regulator to tell Tokyo exchange to prioritise recovery: source

Passers-by wearing protective face masks are reflected on a screen of blank prices in a stock quotation board after Tokyo Stock Exchange temporarily suspended all trading due to system problems, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s financial regulator will tell the Tokyo Stock Exchange to prioritise the recovery of its systems after a systems outage brought trading to a halt on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said.

The move by the Financial Services Agency (FSA) comes after the Tokyo exchange suffered its worst systems outage in its history, bringing trade on the $6 trillion equity market to a standstill for a full day.

The person declined to be identified because the information is not public.

Reporting by Takahiko Wada; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Alison Williams