Tokyo stocks closed lower Wednesday on prolonged worries over the economic outlook, reported dpa.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average edged down 55.19 points, or 0.66 per cent, to close at 8,273.22.
The broader Topix index of all first-section issues was also down 8.01 points, or 0.96 per cent, to 827.43.
On currency markets at midday (0300 GMT), the dollar was quoted at 96.53-58 yen, down from Tuesday's 5 pm quote of 96.60-62 yen.
The euro was quoted at 1.2615-20 dollars, down from Tuesday's 5 pm quote of 1.2649-51 dollars, and at 121.78-83 yen, down from 122.19-23 yen.