TOKYO, April 23 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Friday,
dragged lower by technology firms, as the nation's stricter
curbs to contain COVID-19 increased concerns about its economic
impact, with sentiment dented further by a weak finish overnight
on Wall Street.
The Nikkei share average declined 0.60% to 29,012.48
by 0157 GMT, while the broader Topix fell 0.38% to
"Market sentiment has been weak due to concerns on slow
economic recovery as Japan plans to introduce emergency measures
while vaccine rollouts are slow," said Masayuki Kubota, chief
strategist at Rakuten Securities.
"That sentiment is easily affected even by a decline in the
Wall Street's main indexes dropped on Thursday, on reports
that President Joe Biden planned to almost double the capital
Japan, struggling to contain the pandemic's resurgence,
plans to declare "short and powerful" states of emergency for
Tokyo and other big cities for April 25 to May 11.
The government will require restaurants, bars, and karaoke
parlours serving alcohol to close, and big sporting events to be
held without spectators.
Tech firms fell, with Tokyo Electron losing 1.81%,
Fanuc falling 2.29%, Advantest shedding 1.92%.
Nidec, maker of precision motors used in computer
hard drives and smartphones, tumbled 7.37% after its annual
forecast for the current business year missed analysts'
The largest percentage loser on the Nikkei was Screen
Holdings, down 3.5 %, followed by Komatsu and
Z Holdings Corp down 2.86% and 2.58%, respectively.
Pandemic-hit shares gained the most on index, with ANA
Holdings up 3.21%, followed by Central Japan Railway
gaining 2.3% and Takashimaya up 2.04%.
There were 75 advancers on the Nikkei index against 142
(Reporting by Junko Fujita; editing by Uttaresh.V)