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.

May 24
The Japanese government says it will increase funds for infrastructure exports over the next 5 years to 200 billion dollars. (NHK)
May 23
Japan's total fertility rate in 2015 rose 0.04 point from the previous year to a 21-year high of 1.46, aided by indications of economic recovery, the health ministry said Monday. (Kyodo)
May 23
Economic damage from the recent strong earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and nearby areas in southwestern Japan stands between some 2.4 trillion yen and 4.6 trillion yen, an estimate by the Cabinet Office said Monday. (Jiji Press)
May 23
Two men have been killed in apparent bear attacks over the weekend in the same area of a forest region in Kazuno, Akita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
May 23
A Japanese idol who was stabbed repeatedly by a male fan on Saturday before an event had previously told police of concerns the suspect was a stalker, authorities said. (Tokyo Reporter)
May 24
Rakugo storyteller Katsura Utamaru has left the "Shoten" television comedy show after 50 years of appearances. (the-japan-news.com)
May 23
A woman was arrested for sneaking into singer Masaharu Fukuyama's apartment in Tokyo, police said on Sunday. (Tokyo Reporter)
May 23
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 77-year-old man in the stabbing death of a man at an apartment building in Nishinari Ward, reports Nippon News Network (May 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 23
Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a 67-year-old man for attacking a 61-year-old female neighbor and her daughter, who later died, at an apartment building in Amagasaki City, reports NHK (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 23
A Japanese businessman was seriously injured after being hit by a train while taking a selfie on the famed River Kwai Bridge in western Thailand, Thai media reported. (Japan Times)
May 22
A young female idol was in critical condition after she was repeatedly stabbed for apparently refusing a gift from a fan in the city of Koganei, Tokyo, police said Sunday. (Japan Times)
May 22
In a slum in the outskirts of the Thai city of Chiang Mai, where trash and abandoned cars litter the streets, an 81-year-old Japanese man died of cancer in February. (Japan Times)
May 22
A film by an up-and-coming Japanese director has won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, which is counted among the world's 3 major film events. (NHK)
May 22
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested who has admitted to stealing dozens of women's rain gear in Mobara City, reports TBS News (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 22
A group of more than 700 people have filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court seeking to block the construction of a magnetically levitated train line near their homes by Central Japan Railway Co. (Japan Today)