TOKYO Dec 5 Japan's Nikkei share average fell
on Monday after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in
a constitutional reform referendum gave investors an opportunity
to sell into a market that had rallied to 11-month highs late
The Nikkei dropped 0.8 percent to 18,274.99, its
lowest closing level since Nov. 22.
Tokyo's banking sub-sector index underperformed
to lose 1.8 percent amid caution over the referendum's effect on
Italy's banking system.
The broader Topix and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400
both fell 0.8 percent to 1,466.96 and 13,156.93,
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Simon