The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 105.91 points, or 0.74 percent, from Thursday to 14,222.03. The broader
Decliners were led by sea transport, consumer finance and construction issues while gainers included communications, paper and air transport firms.
The Nikkei got off to a firm start helped by strong earnings results released by some Japanese companies the previous day but it later slipped into negative territory as the dollar and the euro dropped versus the yen, spurring selling of export-oriented shares, brokers said.
"Investors refrained from buying as the dollar was top-heavy in the lower
"Stocks are likely to trade on a weak note next week," as players are growing cautious before the release of U.S. jobs data for October, which are expected to worsen due to the partial U.S. government shutdown for part of the month, he said.
In early trading, some electronics and communications firms including
"Panasonic's earnings for the first six months of the business year beat market expectations while Softbank's operating profit for the period hit a record high. These shares led the market's gains (in early trading)," said
Many export-linked issues turned lower with
Bucking the negative trend, Softbank surged
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones 1,464 to 214 on the First Section, while 75 ended the morning session unchanged.
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