Stocks turned down on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, pressured by position-adjusting sales.
The 225-issue Nikkei average closed down 70.85 points, or 0.53 percent, at 13,388.86. On Thursday, the key market gauge climbed 121.25 points.
The TOPIX index of all First Section issues fell 10.46 points, or 0.94 percent, to end at 1,106.65 after advancing 2.48 points the previous day.
Stocks were buoyant in early trading after the European and U.S. markets advanced overnight partly thanks to better-than-expected U.S. economic data and receding concerns about the situation in Syria. Also helped by the yen's weakness, the Nikkei average briefly rose more than 150 points shortly after the opening bell.
But the market lost steam soon as investors moved to sell stocks to adjust their positions ahead of the weekend and a host of key events next week.
North Korea took another step toward its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, with the range of the rocket launched Sunday estimated at up to 13,000km. (Nikkei)
The annual number of accidents during gymnastic formation performances has exceeded 8,000 for four years in a row since fiscal 2011 in primary, middle and high schools, according to the Japan Sport Council (JSC). (the-japan-news.com)
Following a stabbing incident that left one woman dead and another injured, Hokkaido Prefectural Police announced on Monday that a 30-year-old man is wanted in connection with the crime, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
The day before his arrest at his apartment for possession of stimulant drugs, former professional baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited a dealer in Gunma Prefecture, investigative sources revealed on Friday, reports Sports Hochi. (Tokyo Reporter)