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.

Apr 29
The annual "Golden Week" holiday exodus has begun in Japan. (NHK)
Apr 29
Seismic activity continues in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, southwestern Japan. More than 1,000 quakes, including minor ones, have been recorded since the first powerful tremor on April 14th. (NHK)
Apr 28
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Apr 28
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Apr 28
A panel of scientists has presented to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority an assessment that says a fault under a reactor in central Japan could slip sometime in the future. (NHK)
Apr 29
Police in Chiba City have charged a 29-year-old man over the murder of a 41-year-old woman who was found dead in her apartment on April 4. (Japan Today)
Apr 28
Police in Denenchofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law after he killed at least 10 stray cats. (Japan Today)
Apr 28
Dignitaries and celebrities joined Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the annual spring party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)
Apr 28
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday raided the headquarters of a gang affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi over the alleged handling of illegal drugs, reports TV Asahi (April 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
Apr 27
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)
Apr 27
A Japanese health institute says people staying in evacuation shelters in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture should be on the alert for possible outbreaks of flu and other infectious diseases. (NHK)
Apr 27
Celebrity impersonator Ken Maeda died early Tuesday after he suddenly collapsed on a street in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Sunday night. He was 44. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
A former Japanese chef for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il says he met with current leader Kim Jong Un during his recent trip to the North. (NHK)
Apr 26
Japan's Supreme Court on Monday admitted the illegality of its approvals of special trials at isolated facilities for patients with leprosy conducted until the early 1970s. (Jiji Press)
Apr 26
Aki (#5, center) is the winner of the Miss Hooters Japan 2016 Grand Prix held in Tokyo on on Monday night. (Japan Today)