August 5, 2013 / 2:27 AM / 4 years ago

Nikkei sags on weaker U.S. jobs report; volume at lowest since Dec

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Nikkei share average fell on Monday in thin volume as the yen strengthened against the dollar after weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data, prompting investors to take profits after recent gains, with exporters particularly hard hit.

A woman smiles as she walks past an electronic board displaying graphs showing recent movements of Japanese market indices, outside a brokerage in Tokyo February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

The benchmark Nikkei .N225 dropped 1.4 percent to 14,258.04, giving up some of its 5.8 percent rise over the past two sessions. The Topix .TOPX dropped 1 percent to 1,184.74.

Trading volume for both the Nikkei and the Topix was the lowest since December 2012.

Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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