Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday in choppy trade as worries about Chinese economic and financial stability soured investor sentiment, dragging down China-related stocks such as construction equipment makers and some exporters.
The benchmark Nikkei, which climbed as much as 1.5 percent early in the session, ended the day down 1.3 percent at 13,062.78.
Of 33 Topix subsectors, 25 were lower, with China-related stocks have the largest declines. The Nikkei China 50 index fell 1.9 percent.
Komatsu Ltd dropped 4.6 percent and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co by 3.7 percent. Fanuc Corp skidded 2.3 percent and Nissan Motor Co slid 3.4 percent.
Early on Monday, the Nikkei rose, supported by a weak yen. But a sell-off in other Asian markets, which were in oversold territory, erased the gains.
China bank shares led the downward spiral after official news reports at the weekend suggested Beijing would continue to keep monetary policy tight.
Japan's foreign minister announced a $7 billion initiative Monday to promote development in Southeast Asia's Mekong region, which encompasses parts of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand through which the river flows. (Japan Today)
Japan on Monday began its annual "Cool Biz" campaign, which encourages workers to dress more casually to help reduce energy use, with government offices allowing polo shirts, Hawaiian-style aloha shirts and similar attire. (Japan Times)
The Osaka District Public Prosecutor's Office has filed charges of drug trafficking against a 40-year-old woman who left a large quantity of illegal drugs inside a fast-food outlet, reports the Asahi Shimbun (April 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
An increasing number of people are using the "furusato nozei" hometown donation program to support Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, which has been hit hard by a recent series of strong earthquakes. (Jiji Press)