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Tokyo stocks closed lower on Tuesday as investors locked in profits after three days of rallies and digested the implications of a new government to be formed later this week.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.44 per cent, or 104.41 points, to 23,454.89 while the broader Topix index lost 0.62 per cent, or 10.26 points, to 1,640.84.
"It's natural to see profit-taking" after the Nikkei index rose for a third straight session, said Shinichi Yamamoto, a broker at Okasan Securities in Tokyo.
"But the selling pressure was limited as expectations for the new government are unexpectedly high," Yamamoto told AFP, saying the market is focusing on a lineup of the new government.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is set to be named premier in parliament on Wednesday, and immediately form his new cabinet.
The new government is likely to feature many of those already in the cabinet, leaving little room for uncertainty or instability.
The dollar fetched 105.63 yen in Asian afternoon trade, against 105.73 yen in New York late Monday.
Among major losers in Tokyo, Sony plunged 2.41 per cent to 8,058 yen following reports that it would downgrade its production target for PS5 consoles because of chip issues.
Hitachi erased its earlier loss and closed 0.13 per cent higher at 3,768 yen after a report said it will withdraw from a stalled British power project, which a company spokeswoman declined to confirm.
Hitachi suspended the three trillion yen ($28 billion) project to build two nuclear power reactors on Anglesey Island off northwest Wales in January 2019, saying the project was not commercially viable.
Last month, the engineering company said it was in contact with the UK government over conditions for the project, including new financing models for the nuclear industry.
The Nikkei 225 index rose 1.33 percent, or 293.10 points, to close at 22,288.14 while the broader Topix index was up 0.62 percent, or 9.55 points, at 1,558.77.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.72 percent, or 160.52 points, to 22,306.48. It lost 0.91 percent over the week.
The Nikkei 225 fell 1.22 percent, or 274.53 points, to close at 22,259.79 while the broader Topix index was down 1.18 percent, or 18.65 points, at 1,561.85.
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