Tokyo stocks close down 0.69%
Tokyo stocks fell 0.69% today on nervousness over the international response to alleged chemical weapon use in Syria.

The Nikkei 225 index closed 93.91 points lower at 13,542.37, while the Topix index of all first-section issues fell 0.52%, or 5.98 points, to 1,134.02.

"Longer-term investors see a whole host of broader political and macroeconomic factors - including rising tensions over Syria, US Fed tapering worries, German elections, Greek bailout chatter - as too powerful to encourage meaningful investment in equities at the moment," said an equity trading director at a foreign brokerage.

"The wait-and-see approach is seen as safest right now," the broker told Dow Jones Newswires.

CLSA equity strategist Nicholas Smith said: "Military conflicts in the Middle East tend to lift energy prices, but Syria is a bit different in that the nation has little oil and only a marginal economic impact, so the impact on global markets may be limited."

Among major shares, Toyota dropped 0.81% to 6,160 yen (RM209.12). Mobile carrier SoftBank fell 0.48% to 6,240 yen.

Nov 26
The number of people injured in the earthquake that struck northern Nagano Prefecture over the weekend has risen to 45, according to prefectural authorities, while 690 houses were left without running water. (Japan Times)
Nov 26
Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that last year's Upper House election was held in a state of unconstitutionality due to disparities in the value of individual votes. (NHK)
Nov 26
The strong earthquake that rocked central Japan on Saturday shifted the skiing city of Hakuba in Nagano prefecture southeast by almost one foot, according to the government's mapping agency. (Wall Street Journal)
Nov 26
Japan's transport ministry last week set up a special task force to deal with air bag-related recalls and has urged automakers to speed up replacements of potentially defective Takata-made air bag inflators, Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Nov 26
The temperature readings in Tokyo this winter are expected to drop because of the relocation of the observation site for Tokyo's weather. (The Japan News)
Nov 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a casino in Toshima Ward on charges of illegal gambling, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
Nov 26
The fraudulent composer once dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of his tour after it emerged he lied about his work and relied on a ghostwriter, reports said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Nov 26
Villagers in Higashi-Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, are riding high. (Japan Times)
Nov 26
A Japanese pop group is trying to get people to change their tune about trash. They're singing in the streets while they clean. And some of their fans are helping them along the way. (NHK)
Nov 25
Four South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Nov. 25. (Asahi)
Nov 25
Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that around 16,000 New Year greeting cards ("nengajo") have been stolen from 26 Lawson convenience stores. Security cameras have captured footage of two men who are believed to be the thieves. (Japan Today)
Nov 25
A 49-year-old man was arrested on Monday afternoon after he fired shots into the Yokohama apartment of his former wife, police said. (Japan Today)
Nov 24
A total of 41 people have been injured in a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, Saturday, prefectural police said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 24
Aftershocks continued overnight after the strong earthquake that hit Nagano Prefecture late Saturday, leaving local residents anxious. (The Japan News)
Nov 22
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)