TOKYO (AP) _ Tokyo stock prices fell slightly Thursday amid growing worries about Asian economies and following a decline on Wall Street. The dollar slipped against the yen.

The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average closed down 6.90 points, or 0.04 percent, at 15,427.27, after falling as much as 350 points earlier in the day.

The Tokyo Stock Price Index of all issues listed on the first section was down 1.39 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1,198.97. It had closed down 24.59 points, or 2.01 percent Wednesday. Trading was estimated at 520 million shares, up from Wednesday's 499.76 million shares.

The stock market opened sharply lower following a decline on Wall Street and growing doubts about the impact of an economic stimulus package the Japanese government is expected to announce later this week.

The Dow Jones industrial Average lost 157.41, or 2.1 percent, Wednesday to close at 7,401.32.

The market was also feeling jittery about the Southeast Asian monetary crisis and its impact on Japanese companies active in the region.

The dollar's initial gain in early trading Wednesday was another negative factor for stocks. But the U.S. currency moved lower after encountering a wave of selling by investors taking profits on the dollar's recent rise.

The dollar cost 125.42 yen in afternoon trading, down 0.32 yen from late Wednesday in Tokyo and also below its late New York rate of 126.32 yen.

Over the past seven trading days in Tokyo, the dollar has gained 5.46 yen against the Japanese currency.

The yield on the benchmark No. 182 10-year Japanese government bond fell to 1.610 percent from 1.700 percent Wednesday, driving its price up to 109.67 from 108.99.