Tokyo shares end down as yen rises, profits taken before BOJ outcome
Wall Street Journal -- Jan 21
Tokyo stocks fell Monday as a rise in the yen and profit-taking ahead of the upcoming Bank of Japan policy board announcement pushed overbought and currency-sensitive shares such as Fast Retailing and Fanuc sharply lower, dragging down the broader indexes.
The Nikkei Stock Average dropped 165.56 points, or 1.5%, to 10,747.74 following the prior session's 2.9% gain--the best percentage gain for the benchmark index since March 2011.
The Topix index of all the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section issues also slipped 6.28 points, or 0.7%, to 905.16, with 29 of 33 subindexes ending in negative territory.
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said.
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )