The Japanese shares fell Thursday morning, with the key Nikkei index down 0.32 percent from Wednesday, renewing a six-week intraday low for the second straight day.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 26.67 points, or 0. 32 percent, from Wednesday to 8,436.49, briefly hitting 8,400.22, the lowest intraday mark since Oct. 5, when it hit 8,343.01.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 0.32 point, or 0.04 percent, to 723.79.
Decliners included the retail and the information sector. Gainers included the mining, the precision machinery and the nonferrous metals sectors.