The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 40.20 points, or 0.26 percent, from Thursday to 15,176.27. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the
The move came after
The key indexes, however, erased some of early losses toward the end of the session as investors came to believe the problem would not lead to a financial crisis involving the entire eurozone, said
"Expectations of a rise of Japanese shares ahead were also solid," spurring buying on dips, Akutsu added.
Exporters met with selling as the U.S. dollar remained weak in the lower
Other major decliners included marine transport, steelmaker and brokerage shares.
In contrast, Canon jumped
On the First Section, decliners outnumbered advancers 1,258 to 399, while 158 finished the morning unchanged.
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