Tokyo stocks slipped 0.26 percent in subdued trade on Thursday ahead of the Independence Day holiday in the United States while a slightly stronger yen also added to selling pressure.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed down 36.63 points to 14,018.93, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.26 percent, or 3.10 points, to 1,170.71.
The dip in Tokyo comes after the Dow in New York added 0.38 percent in shortened pre-July 4 holiday trade.
"The lack of participation caused by the US holiday should contribute to a limited trading range for the (Tokyo) market," SMBC Nikko Securities general manager of equities Hiroichi Nishi told Dow Jones Newswires.
Investors are keeping a close eye on a monthly US jobs report Friday for clues as to when the Federal Reserve will start reeling in its massive bond-buying programme, known was quantitative easing.
Japan launched a major push at the United Nations on Tuesday to rally support for its drive to settle lingering questions over the decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea. (zeenews)
For most parents the harrowing sound of a baby crying is one they could probably do without.
But for competitors at the 400-year-old Naki Zumo festival in Japan, the more sobs your little one can muster, the better. (dailymail.co.uk)
In the geisha quarters of Kyoto's Miyagawacho, training to become a maiko requires around 10 months. During that time, all the young trainees sleep and eat with their proprietress and senior geisha, who are called geiko in Kyoto. Trainees are immersed in what they must learn to work in the geisha quarters. (The Japan News)
A suicide attempt by a 33-year-old Korean male on Saturday lead Tokyo Metropolitan Police to the discovery of his girlfriend's body inside a hotel room in Minato Ward, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 3). (Tokyo Reporter)