Japanese shares fell Wednesday morning after overnight losses on Wall Street and as investors sold stocks to lock
in quick profits after recent gains.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 103.83 points, or 1.01 per cent, to trade at 10,151.32 at the end of the morning session at 11:30 am (0230 GMT). The Nikkei surged 2.36 per cent Tuesday to the highest point since March 11, 2011, the day a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami struck north-eastern Japan.
The broader Topix index was down 10.3 points Wednesday, or 1.18 per cent, at 862.12, DPA reported.