January 17, 2017 / 6:28 AM / 3 years ago

Nikkei falls to near 6-week low on strong yen; Honda tumbles

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan’s Nikkei fell to its lowest level in more than a month on Tuesday as a strong yen soured sentiment, while shares of Honda tumbled after it said an air bag made by Takata Corp had ruptured in one of its cars in Japan.

The Nikkei share average ended 1.5 percent lower at 18,813.53, the weakest closing level since Dec. 8.

Honda Motor Co skidded 2.7 percent after it said the passenger-side air bag of one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles ruptured late last month, resulting in minor injury to the car’s driver.

Investors were also bracing for a speech by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May later in the global session as well as Friday’s inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

The broader Topix shed 1.4 percent to 1,509.10, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 1.5 percent at 13,516.30. (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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