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.
A Japanese reporter indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun Hye in an article about her whereabouts during April's deadly ferry disaster pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing Thursday at the Seoul Central District Court. (Kyodo)
Otsu District Court turned down demands Thursday from local residents to block the restart of four nuclear reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s <9503> Oi and Takahama power stations in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan. (Jiji Press)
The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Wednesday convicted two men over the illegal disposal of a body after they dumped the body of a young woman in a cardboard box near a quarry in Sano on Aug 4. (Japan Today)
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)
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.
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)