Tokyo stocks ended lower on Wednesday on a higher yen and dismal overnight performance in the U.S. market.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 96.25 points, or 0.62 percent, from Tuesday at 15,515.06.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended down 5.88 points, or 0.47 percent, at 1, 250.45.
Decliners were led by paper and pulp, rubber and warehouse sectors, while information and communication, and construction shares were the only advancers.
The turnover was about 2,117.1 billion yen (about 20.63 billion dollars).