Japan shares end slightly lower

Tokyo, Feb 23 (IANS) Japan shares ended the trading Tuesday lower by erasing gains in the morning session as sentiment here brought by rising oil prices was weighed by the Japanese yen’s advance that triggered selling of export-oriented issues.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average edged down 59.00 points, or 0.37 percent, from Monday at 16,052.05, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 8.83 points, or 0.68 percent, to 1,291.17.

Decliners were led by fishery, agriculture and forestry, real estate, and information and communication issues.

The day’s turnover was about 2,292.5 billion yen (around $20.40 billion).

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