Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 2.3 per
cent Monday on the first trading day of 2014 as investors sold stocks
to lock in quick profits after a year-end rally, according to dpa.
The Nikkei lost 382.43 points, or 2.35 per cent, to end at 15,908.88
after nine consecutive trading days of increase.
The broader-based Topix index was down 10.14 points, or 0.78 per
cent, at 1,292.15 after rising 0.95 per cent on December 30, the last
trading day of 2013.
Exporters were also pulled down by the yen's rise against major
currencies. A stronger yen makes Japanese goods less competitive
overseas and erodes repatriated revenues.
On currency markets at 3 pm (0600 GMT), the dollar traded at
104.29-30 yen, compared with 105.36-40 yen at 5 pm on December 30.
The euro was quoted at 141.61-64 yen, down sharply from 144.96-98 yen
and at 1.3578-3582 dollars, down from 1.3757-3758 dollars.