Japanese shares fell, with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average retreating from its highest close since 2008, amid earnings concern as Nikon Corp. plunged after trimming its outlook on slowing demand from Europe.
Camera-maker Nikon lost 19 percent to lead declines on the Nikkei 225. Yamaha Corp. slumped 16 percent after the piano maker cut its net-income forecast to zero. Nippon Paper Group Inc. surged 13 percent after reversing a loss. Mazda Motor Corp. added 12 percent after the carmaker raised its operating-profit forecast by 80 percent, citing a weaker yen.