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.

Oct 23
The number of visitors to Japan in January-September totaled 9,737,300, up 26.0 pct from a year earlier, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 23
A Thai man has admitted killing a 79-year-old Japanese man who has been missing in Thailand since late September, according to local police sources. (Jiji Press)
Oct 23
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
Oct 22
A total of 74 people are believed to have died from January to September this year due to their use of so-called dangerous drugs, according to the National Police Agency. (The Japan News)
Oct 22
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool. (NHK)
Oct 22
Police in Hachioji, Tokyo, said Wednesday that a man suspected of fatally stabbing a 35-year-old woman at her home, apparently jumped to his death from the building roof. (Japan Today)
Oct 22
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan. (Japan Today)
Oct 22
Denenchofu, a quaint residential area of Tokyo's Ota Ward, is home to some of the richest people in the metropolis. (Tokyo Reporter)
Oct 22
The Shonen Tanteidan (Boy Detectives Club) series written by famed mystery novelist Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965) will be resurrected by current popular novelists. (The Japan News)
Oct 21
The man arrested on suspicion of killing a 6-year-old girl in Kobe has confessed to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Oct 21
Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Asahi)
Oct 20
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Oct 20
A Japanese court has sentenced a former college employee to 2 years in prison for using a 3D printer to make handguns. (NHK)
Oct 20
The bodies of a Japanese man and woman have been found on a popular Nepal hiking route that was engulfed by a blizzard last Wednesday. The death toll is now 39. (Japan Today)