The Nikkei also fell after 12 straight days of posting a “bullish candlestick”, which appears when a market closes above its opening level.
Japan’s stock market has been on a tear since Sept. 3, when Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his plan to step down, raising expectations for fresh economic stimulus under new leadership.
“Domestic political developments have lifted Japanese stocks but that momentum is taking a pause after Japanese stocks outperformed the U.S. in recent gains,” said Takatoshi Itoshima, strategist at Pictet Asset Management.
But investors have been buying the dip of late, underscoring positive sentiment, Itoshima said.
Shippers led losses by falling 1.61%, while property firms dropped 1.54%. Makers of glass, ceramics and coppers declined 1.51%.
TOTO Ltd, which fell 5.8%, was the worst performer on the Nikkei, followed by Nexon losing 4.94% and Hitachi Zosen slipping 4.29%.
On the other hand, energy shares tracked overnight gains in U.S. peers on higher crude prices. Refiners rose 2.14% and oil explorers added 1.8%.
Toho Zinc was the best performer in the Nikkei, with a 4.89% jump, followed by Fujikura, which rose 4.09%, and Idemitsu Kosan, up 3.58%.
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