Market participants are now awaiting August US nonfarm payrolls data as a hint for future Fed policy.
At the close, the 225-stock Nikkei index fell 10.63 points (0.04%) to 27,650.84.
The broader Topics Index of all stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section fell 5.32 points, or 0.27%, to 1,930.17.
Energy stocks rallied after reports that China could revive restrictions to curb coronavirus infections, fueling investor fears that such a move would slow economic activity and weaken energy demand. was for sale.
Meanwhile, retailers gained momentum on strong sales data from Japanese department stores in August.
Nippon Steel shares ended lower after reports that steelmakers and Toyota had agreed to significantly raise the prices of steel products.
Currency News: Japanese yen beats US dollar on Friday as demand for safe-haven currency fades after strong US economic data ignites expectations that Fed will continue aggressive rate hikes It dropped to 140 level against. Market participants accelerated dollar buying while the interest rate differential between Japan and the US was expected to widen. The Bank of Japan is widely expected to maintain ultra-accommodative monetary policy until at least next year to ensure post-pandemic growth.
The Japanese currency traded at 140.13 against the greenbacks late Friday afternoon compared to 140.15-25 in New York and 139.28-29 in Tokyo on Thursday.
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