Nikkei slips from 3-decade high on profit-taking, Topix sheds over 1%


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    TOKYO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Japanese shares retreated on
Wednesday from three-decade peaks hit in the previous session,
as investors took profits after a strong rally over the last two
weeks on hopes of a new government and a fresh economic
    The Nikkei average  .N225  dropped 0.79% to 30,428.74. On
Tuesday, it rose above its February peak to reach 30,795.78, its
highest level since August 1990. The broader Topix  .TOPX  shed
1.14% to 2,094.80.
    The markets' rally has gathered pace since Sept. 3 when
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his plan to step down,
bolstering hopes of new stimulus package. Investors also saw
reduced risk of the ruling coalition losing in an upcoming
election that must be held by November.
    Vaccine Minister Taro Kono is now seen as a leading
candidate in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP)
leadership election on Sept 29.
    "The market had risen a bit too much too fast... Investors
now want to see the outcome of the LDP race. While Kono seems to
be viewed as a reformist, it is not entirely clear what kind of
economic policies he will adopt," said Naoya Oshikubo, senior
economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management.
    SoftBank Group  9984.T  lost 5%, weighed by concerns about
its exposure to Alibaba  9988.HK  and other Chinese tech firms
as Beijing steps up regulation in the sector.
    Property builders  .IRLTY.T  were the worst-performing
sectoral index with a fall of 2.4%. Some analysts attributed the
weakness to a spillover from troubles in Chinese real estate
    Many Japanese suppliers of Apple  AAPL.O  slid after the
iPhone maker's shares dropped on Tuesday when it unveiled its
iPhone 13.*:nL1N2QG2A2 
    Murata Manufacturing  6981.T  lost 2.8%, while Ibiden
 4062.T  dropped 2.0%.
    Elsewhere, Park24  4666.T  lost 6.9% after the operator of
parking lots posted its six consecutive quarterly net loss, hit
by the COVID-19 pandemic.*:nXB0GR22ZH

 (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; editing by Uttaresh.V)
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