Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday, succumbing to profit-taking after four days of sharp gains and weak China economic data, all of which provided an inauspicious backdrop to Suntory Beverage & Food's otherwise successful mammoth IPO listing.
The Nikkei Stock Average shed 43.18 points, or 0.3%, to 14,055.56 following the prior session's 1.8% rise. The index had surged 9.9% over the previous four days.
The Topix index of all the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section issues added 1.97 points, or 0.2%, to 1,173.81, with 20 of 33 subindexes ending in positive territory.
Traders also cited weaker non-manufacturing June China PMI data published mid-morning as a sell catalyst, which helped to offset the dollar's rise above the Y100 mark for the first time since June 5.
As of the close of TSE trading at 0600 GMT, the greenback was seen at around Y100.72.
Participation levels remained somewhat subdued, totaling just 2.8 billion shares worth Y2.31 trillion.
Much of the value of the market was driven by trading in just two stocks, however: Tokyo Electric Power, and Suntory Beverage & Food.
A man was found dead after being run over by a car on a road in Mooka, Tochigi Prefecture, but police said Tuesday that he may have already been dead after being hit by another car earlier. (Japan Today)
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)