At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.81%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were NEC Corp. (T:6701), which rose 3.51% or 190.0 points to trade at 5610.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) added 1.71% or 90.0 points to end at 5360.0 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) was up 1.63% or 47.0 points to 2922.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:5301), which fell 4.91% or 78.0 points to trade at 1512.0 at the close. Inpex Corp. (T:1605) declined 4.71% or 41.0 points to end at 829.0 and Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (T:8233) was down 4.68% or 61.0 points to 1243.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2506 to 1019 and 214 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 17.52.
Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.10% or 0.07 to $72.84 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.23% or 0.17 to hit $73.97 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.43% or 7.65 to trade at $1773.05 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 110.67, while EUR/JPY fell 0.08% to 131.79.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 92.002.