Nikkei ended 0.36 percent lower on Tuesday tracking overnight falls in U.S. and European shares, while losses were limited thanks to fiscal year-end buying,
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 52.11 points, or 0.36 percent, from Monday at 14,423.19.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 0.66 point, or 0.06 percent, at 1,163. 7.
Information and communication, brokerage and real estate shares faced selling, while mining, paper and pulp, and textile shares moved higher.
The turnover was 2443.1 billion yen (about 23.90 billion dollars).