No Reason to Close Tokyo Stock Exchange: Official

The Tokyo stock market should remain open for trading this week, the country's economy minister said Tuesday.

"I expect the market to regain its stability. I don't have any concerns for the future," Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano said, according to a Dow Jones report.

"It is natural to open the market at any time. There is no request or reason to close the market," Yosano also said.

Stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged Tuesday as the nation scrambled to avert a nuclear crisis in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 10.6 percent Tuesday, to mark the greatest percentage loss since 2008's global financial crisis.