Nikkei eases after steep rally, ahead of BOJ meeting

Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:05pm EST

TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell
in early trade on Thursday, ahead of the Bank of Japan's policy
meeting, after a sharp rally in the previous session that took
the index to end above 10,000 for the first time since early
    The Nikkei lost 0.7 percent to 10,089.39 after
surging 2.4 percent to 10,160.40, logging its biggest one-day
percentage rise since September 2011, on Wednesday.
    The broader Topix slipped 0.4 percent to 836.32.