Tokyo stocks ended 0.09 percent lower in the morning session of Wednesday.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 13.68 points, from Tuesday to 14,575.00.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 0.69 point, or 0.06 percent, at 1,206. 10.
Gainers were led by the glass and chemical, mining, and banking sectors while decliners included sea transport, construction and insurance companies.