The Tokyo Stock Exchange was down slightly Tuesday morning, after the scattered close of Wall Street the day before and pending Chinese economic data.
The flagship Nikkei index lost 0.24% to 27,723.52 points around 01:00 GMT, and the extended Topix index fell 0.32% to 1,943.98 points.
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Japanese stocks are heading lower as the mixed close on Wall Street gave little reason (for investors) to buy,
" Monex's Toshiyuki Kanayama commented in a note.
Investors in Japan were also watching the release expected before the end of the session of the purchasing managers' indices in China for the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in August, Kanayama added.
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The unemployment rate in Japan also fell slightly in July, to 2.8% of the working population according to figures released Tuesday before the opening, an improvement that should be short-lived because of the outbreak of infections in Covid-19 registered in the country and health restriction measures put in place. Industrial production in the Archipelago, for its part, fell back 1.5% over one month in July, reflecting the ever-present impact of the shortage of semiconductors.